Ghaziabad PF scam: Rs 6.58 cr fraudulently withdrawn

Rs 6.58 crore were fraudulently withdrawn from the provident fund of class IV employees in the infamous PF scam.

Updated: Jul 18, 2010, 15:42 PM IST

Ghaziabad: Rs 6.58 crore were fraudulently withdrawn from the provident fund of class IV employees in the infamous PF scam here, in which six former judges of Uttar Pradesh were allegedly involved, according the chargesheet filed by the CBI in a special court.

CBI Additional Superintendent of Police Nirbhay Kumar here yesterday mentioned the details of money withdrawn by the judges and others from 2000 to 2008, saying the total amount was Rs 6,58,67,892.

The CBI had on July 3 filed the chargesheet against 78 people in the special court of AK Singh. It had named RP Yadav, RN Mishra and AK Singh, all former judges of Allahabad High court, and RP Mishra, RS Choubey and Arun Kumar, all former district judges of Ghaziabad.

According to CBI, its probe concluded that 781 treasury cheques amounting to Rs 7.92 crore were issued in the names of Class-IV employees of District Court, Ghaziabad, pertaining to General provident fund withdrawal during the period from April 2000 to February 2008.

Out of 781 instances, 482 treasury cheques amounting to Rs 6.58 crore were found to have been drawn fraudulently, the chargesheet said.

CBI claimed to have found that during the period, then bill clerk of the district Ashutosh Asthana, since deceased, allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with six judges
and 71 others to "fraudulently and dishonestly" withdraw Rs 6.58 crore from district treasury as GPF withdrawals.

PTI