CBI files case against 2 EPFO officers for abuse of position

CBI has registered a case against former Regional Provident Fund Commissioner of Employees Provident Fund Sub-Regional Office (EPFO).

Mumbai: CBI has registered a case against former Regional Provident Fund Commissioner of Employees Provident Fund Sub-Regional Office (EPFO), Vashi and its
Enforcement Officer for abuse of official position, conspiracy and cheating.

The case was registered against the former commissioner E S Sanjeeva Rao and Enforcement Officer DM Ambokar after CBI busted a major provident fund (PF) scam
where a private construction company allegedly usurped Rs 24.91 crore which actually belonged to its employees.

According to CBI, the officials entered into a criminal conspiracy with the Directors and Consultants of the construction company, Pratibha Industries, and unknown officials of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and CIDCO to cause wrongful gain to the company.

"The company has undertaken construction work of roads, flyover and houses from NMMC and CIDCO. The amount usurped was the contribution towards PF from 2004-05 to 2008-09 by the employees who were engaged in these projects," CBI Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Praveen Salunkhe said.

Rao, Ambokar and other unknown officials had begun assessment of the company in 2009 and found that it was not depositing the PF deducted from its employees` salary with the department.

"However, instead of calculating the exact contribution of the employees towards PF, Rao passed an assessment order in March last year determining the dues at
only around Rs 6 lakh for the period October 2003 to January 2009. The report was sent to Ambokar who also accepted it without verifying the facts," Salunkhe said.

If the PF officials had taken cognizance of the case, they could have levied penalty and damages on the company, which would have taken the amount to Rs 24.91 crore.

Rao is presently posted at the Thane EPFO.

CBI has conducted searches at the office and residence of Rao and Ambokar and the construction company in suburban Chembur.

PTI

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