CBI files case against Mumbai port trust officials for graft

CBI has registered a case against two former senior officials of Mumbai Port Trust and others for their alleged causing a loss of over Rs six crore to the exchequer.

Last Updated: Feb 24, 2011, 17:58 PM IST

Mumbai: CBI has registered a case against two
former senior officials of Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and others
for their alleged causing a loss of over Rs six crore to the
exchequer.

The case was registered under different sections of the
IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act against Ashok Kumar,
the then Deputy Chairman, V Ranganath, former Traffic Manager
of MbPT and others.

"It was alleged that the public servants of MbPt entered
into criminal conspiracy along with others with an intention
to cause wrongful pecuniary loss to the MbPT in the matter of
allotment of Sheds for use by a Mumbai-based private firm
under casual occupancy instead of the applicable Scale of
Rates (SOR)", a CBI spokesperson said in a statement.

In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, the accused
officials further waived the demurrage charges without proper
approval from the competent authority for their wrongful
pecuniary gains.

"The accused fraudulently allotted the Sheds A, K, L, and
N of MbPT to the Mumbai-based private firm under general Bye
Laws without adopting the proper procedure", it said.

It was alleged that during 2008, the public servants also
allowed the delivery of cargo stores beyond permissible limits
without levying of the applicable demurrage charges and
without sanction from the competent authority, thereby causing
wrongful loss of Rs 6.63 crore to the government and a
corresponding wrongful gain to the private firm, CBI said.

"Searches were conducted at the residences and office
premises of public servants and private firm which led to the
recovery of incriminating documents", the statement said.

Further investigation is continuing, it said.

PTI