LTC scam: Booked BSP MP Brajesh Pathak questioned by CBI

Bahujan Samaj Party`s Rajya Sabha MP Brajesh Pathak, who was among the six against whom the CBI registered a case in the leave travel concession (LTC) scam, said on Friday that he was ready to support the probe and aid the enquiry.

Last Updated: Jun 14, 2014, 01:39 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party`s Rajya Sabha MP Brajesh Pathak, who was among the six against whom the CBI registered a case in the leave travel concession (LTC) scam, said on Friday that he was ready to support the probe and aid the enquiry.
Pathak, who is among the six members — three current and three former Rajya Sabha members — who have been named in the LTC scam, said, “The CBI officials asked me questions regarding LTC, and I told them that I don`t get it. I just get tickets for travelling.”

He said that he had provided files related to his travels to the CBI, and added, “They only asked me for claims made for my travels.”

He said there was no discrepancy in his claims, and quipped, “I am ready to support CBI officials so that there can be a fair inquiry.”

Apart from Pathak, the other two sitting MPs are Lalhming Liana of Mizo National Front (MNF), D Bandyopadhyay of Trinamool Congress, and Brajesh Pathak of Bahujan Samaj Party, CBI officials said.

"The former MPs named in the case are Bharatiya Janata Party`s JPN. Singh, Rashtriya Lok Dal`s Mahmood A. Madani, and Biju Janata Dal`s Renubala Pradhan," said a CBI official.

This is the first time that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered cases in the scam.

According to the agency, searches were conducted at nine places in Delhi and one place in Odisha including at the premises of three travel agents in Delhi and office premises of the MPs.

"Some Incriminating documents have been recovered during the searches," the official said.

The accused have been booked under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of Indian Penal Code and 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Lakhs of rupees are said to have been fraudulently claimed from the government through fake leave and travel concession (LTC) claims, availed by government officials to get concessional tickets.

The incident came to light after the vigilance department of Air India was alerted about the arrest of a man in March at the Kolkata airport with 600 blank boarding passes of the airline in his possession.

With Agency Inputs