Two top MTNL officials under CBI scanner for scheme fraud
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Last Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010, 00:33
Mumbai: An FIR was registered against two top officials, some of their juniors in the government-run telecom service provider MTNL and nine distributors for allegedly cheating the firm to the tune of Rs seven crore by issuing over three lakh fake SIM card connections, CBI officials said today.

Deputy General Manager B B Chaudhary, Assistant General Manager (Sales) V Gurumurthy of the MTNL, their juniors and nine private distributors were charged with a criminal conspiracy for causing wrongful losses to the company, they said.

According to CBI's Anti Corruption Bureau, during the period June 2008 and February 2009, a scheme called SIM 75 was introduced under which SIM cards with a value of Rs 75 were provided to the distributors at Rs 50 per flat commission per card.

Under the scheme the distributors were also entitled for a commission of Rs 150 for each activated connection upto 600 connections, Rs 200 for 600 to 2000 connections and Rs 250 for above 2000 connections, they said.

However, it came to our notice that MTNL officials including these two top officials helped distributors activate thousands of fake connections on the basis of forged Customer Application Forms and cleared huge amount of commission, they said.


First Published: Friday, August 13, 2010, 00:33

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