Corrupt babu burns currency to destroy evidence!

A railway official, allegedly involved in a Rs 2.5 crore fraud, was arrested after being caught burning currency notes worth Rs 2.5 lakh at his residence here in order to destroy evidence against him, an official said.

Last Updated: May 09, 2011, 14:07 PM IST

Ajmer: A North-Western Railway official,
allegedly involved in a Rs 2.5 crore fraud, was arrested after
being caught burning currency notes worth Rs 2.5 lakh at his
residence here in order to destroy evidence against him, an
official said.

The accused Ashok Mangal, posted as divisional financial
officer, Bikaner, was under surveillance of the Railway
Protection Force (RPF) for some time for his links with
accounts assistant Mujaffar Ali Bohra, who allegedly made
cheque payments of Rs 2.5 crore in their own favour from the
Railways accounts.

Bohra, who was suspended and is absconding, made the
payments when Mangal was posted in Ajmer a year ago and the
RPF was investigating the embezzlement charges against him,
the official said.

Yesterday, a jawan keeping a watch near Mangal`s house
noticed smoke at the backside of the residence and upon
rushing there found Mangal, who had suspected that his
activities were being observed, burning the currency notes.

"Rs 2.5 lakh were burnt by the officer and Rs 1.5 lakh
unburnt cash was seized. It is suspected that the amount he
burnt could be high than the estimated amount," a RPF official
said.

The matter is being investigated, he added.

PTI