Two top MTNL officials under CBI scanner for scheme fraud

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.

-PTI



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

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