CBI files chargesheet against top Meghalaya businessman

CBI has filed a chargesheet against three persons, including a top businessman of Meghalaya, in a major fraud case in which funds from the North Eastern Council meant for an education scheme were misappropriated.

Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 13:49 PM IST

Shillong: CBI has filed a chargesheet against
three persons, including a top businessman of Meghalaya, in a
major fraud case in which funds from the North Eastern Council
amounting to over Rs 1 crore meant for an education scheme
were misappropriated.

The CBI filed the chargesheet in the Court of the Special
CBI Judge here on April 1.

The chargesheet was filed against CM Jha, a top
businessman and Secretary of the Shillong-based North Eastern
India Trust for Education and Development (NEITED), AK Verma,
chairman of the Global Telemedicine Healthcare Network
Foundation (GTHNF) and A Shylla of Shillong under Sections of
IPC, CBI sources said on Tuesday.

The case was taken up by CBI on the allegation of
misutilisation of fund released by NEC for implementation of
the scheme on "Integrated e-education and Tele health
programme for 10 Schools in Meghalaya".

The scheme was funded by the Science and Technology
Sector of NEC at a total estimated cost of Rs 148.50 lakh
which was to be implemented by the Secretary, NEITED through
GTHNF on turn-key basis in the year 2006-2009, they said.

"Jha furnished utilisation certificates to the NEC
claiming that the released funds have been used. However,
investigation revealed that the utilisation certificate is
false as the scheme was not fully implemented. Nine schools
did not received items which were shown to have been supplied
to them. The scheme could not be made operational even after
submission of completion report," they said.

Bills were raised in the name of non-existing firms in
Shillong. AK Verma, chairman of GTHNF, submitted fake invoices
and payment receipts to show expenditure of Rs 1,59,58,000.
The Office of Global Tele Medicine Health Care Network
Foundation was found to be non-existing in the given address,
they said.

PTI