New Delhi: A Delhi court has fixed July 12 as
the deadline for police to wrap up investigations in a case of
fraud committed against BJP headquarters in-charge Shyam Jaju
by a man who was caught carrying three fake PAN cards in the
party worker`s name.
Judge Ajay Pande of the Patiala court here directed Delhi
police to complete its probe by July 12 in the fraud case in
which one Chandan Jha was arrested in January.
In an FIR lodged with Parliament Street police station
on January 28, Jaju had alleged that Jha was trying to get
details of his bank account from Andhra Bank branch located in
Andhra Bhawan premises by using a fake PAN card in the
Jha was arrested when the alert bank manager informed
Jaju about the enquiries made by the former. Three PAN cards-
with one even having the correct PAN account number but wrong
birth date- were found in his possession.
The other two fake PAN cards had some factual errors like
the photos pasted in the right corner or having wrong names.
Jaju claimed he was clueless about why Jha was trying to
get these details. When asked if he suspected Jha was acting
at somebody`s behest, Jaju said he was himself trying to "find
out who would be working against an honest person like me".
The fake PAN cards ADDPC7304M and AHCPB4563W found
with Jha were not listed in the Income Tax database.
PAN card with the right number (AARPJ6808N) had the wrong
name (Shamsundar Shankarlal Jaju).
Last year a theft of Rs 2.50 crore was reported from the
BJP headquarters but the party did not lodge any FIR in the
matter. However, a detective agency was hired and is said to
have submitted a report.
BJP leaders claim the culprit could not be identified.
Party sources said Jaju has been facing charges of
financial irregularities since the incident from certain party
leaders, who leveled allegations against him through anonymous
However, coming to his defence, BJP spokesperson Nirmala
Sitharaman said, "All allegations against him (Jaju) are
baseless," and added that a committee formed to look into the
matter found nothing against him.