Fake Purchase scam: Sena medal-winning colonel among 6 army personnel convicted, jailed for 18 months
August 27, 2009
A Sena medal-winning Colonel is among six army personnel sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Central Bureau of Investigation special court after being convicted of making fake purchases in a 17-year-old case.
Judge Darshan Singh held all the seven accused, including a supplier, guilty and sentenced them to one-and-a-half years in prison on Wednesday. The court also directed the convicts Captain Sudhir Deopujari, the brigade ordinance officer, to pay a fine of Rs 25,000, Captain Suresh Hingorani, second-in-command, and Havaldar S G Kulkarni to pay Rs 12,500 each and Anil Dalal, auditor, Colonel K K Pandey and Major D K Roy to pay Rs 6,250 each. Naresh Chadha, who owned United Trading Company and S K Enterprises, has been slapped with a fine of Rs 20,000.
The prosecution had alleged that the officials used to get fake purchase bills from two firms owned by the Ambala resident, even though the material was never delivered. The CBI had registered four different cases against the accused in 1992 and filed the chargesheets in 1993. It held that payments were made on bogus bills raised without receipt of any material. According to investigators, fake bills were raised for amounts of Rs 5.65 lakh , Rs 1.63 lakh, Rs 2.83 lakh and Rs 2.01 lakh in 1990. Colonel Pandey had also been awarded a Sena medal after the 1971 war. The CBI had charged the seven with cheating and forgery. The six army officials were also charged with offences under the provisions of Prevention of CorruptionAct.
FAKE PURCHASE SCAM: CBI convicts 6 Army personnel
The CBI special court today convicted six Army personnel, including a Colonel, in a fake purchase scam dating back to 1992.
Holding the accused guilty, including an Army supplier, the CBI special court of Darshan Singh held all six guilty.
Pronouncing the orders, the court sentenced them to one-and-a-half year of imprisonment. The court has also directed Capt Sudhir Deopujari to pay a fine of Rs 25,000, Naresh Chadha to pay Rs 20,000, Capt Suresh Hingorani and Havaldar SG Kulkarni to pay Rs 12,500 each and Anil Dalal, Colonel KK Pandey and Major DK Roy to pay Rs 6,250 each.
The officers used to procure fake purchase bills from two firms owned by an Ambala resident, though the material was never delivered.
The CBI had registered four different cases against the accused in 1992. The accused included one Colonel, a Major, two Captains, an Army Havaldar, all posted in HQ 627 (I) AD, besides an auditor in the office of Controller of Defence Accounts (CDA) and an Army supplier.
Special prosecutor Pawan Dogra held that payments were made on bogus bills raised without a receipt of any material under the provisions of the Unit Local Purchase Orders (ULPO) without receiving any item. In some cases, the officers signed the ULPO, though they were not authorised to sign these documents.
According to investigations, the fake bills were raised for amounts Rs 5.65 lakh in one case, Rs 1.63 lakh, Rs 2.83 lakh and Rs 2.01 lakh in other cases in 1990.
The CBI had filed the charge-sheet in the case on February 24, 1993 and had charged all seven accused for cheating and forgery under the provisions of Sections 420, 468, 471 and 120-B of the IPC and six Army officials were also charged for the offences under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.