MTNL officials booked for three lakh fake connections

Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 23:42

Mumbai: The CBI has registered a case
against several officials of MTNL for allegedly entering into
a criminal conspiracy with distributors and causing wrongful
loss of Rs seven crore to the telephone service provider.

A case has been registered against the deputy general
manager (GSM), assistant general manager (Sales) of MTNL and
nine MTNL distributors here for allegedly activating thousands
of fake GSM connections.

According to CBI, between June 2008 to February 2009, the
accused had activated numerous connections on the basis of
forged and fictitious customer application forms to claim
commission from MTNL.

"Under a scheme of SIM 75, SIM cards having value of Rs
75 were provided to the distributors on a commissioner of Rs
50 per card. The distributors were entitled for a commission
of Rs 150 for each activated connection up to 600 numbers, Rs
200 for 600 to 2000 connections and Rs 250 for above 2000
connections," a press statement issued by CBI said.

However, senior officials of MTNL hatched a conspiracy
with the accused distributors and forwarded and sanctioned
huge amounts of commission ignoring the fake and forged
activations.

"About three lakh connections were activated under this
scheme. Computer hard disks and other documents used for
activating fake connections were seized from the offices of
the accused," CBI said.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 23:42

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