PF scam: CBI issues non-bailable warrants against 3

Last Updated: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 21:51

Ghaziabad: A special CBI court has issued
non-bailable warrants against three persons in connection with
the Rs 6.53-crore Provident Fund scam, in which some former
judges have also been chargesheeted.

Special CBI Judge AK Singh issued the non-bailable
warrants against Sarvan Kumar, Lokesh Kumar and Jaya Ashthana,
sister of prime accused Ashutosh Ashthana who died in jail in
October 2009.
The CBI had yesterday approached the court seeking
issue of arrest warrants against six former judges, including
three who retired from Allahabad High Court.

The six had moved applications expressing inability
to appear in court citing old age and illhealth.

District Judge R P Mishra, who recently retired, said
in his application that he is suffering from Parkinson`s
disease and his wife was ailing, court sources said.

Former High Court Judge R P Yadav also expressed his
inability to attend the hearing, citing advanced age, while
his former colleaguee R N Mishra said he suffered from
spondylitis and won`t be able to travel to attend the hearing,
they said.

63-year-old R S Choubey, a former district judge,
cited old age as the reason.
The special judge dismissed their plea of the judges
and asked them to appear on the next date of hearing on
January 31.

The court had summoned the judges in the case but none
of them had appeared even though a charge sheet has been filed
against them.

The CBI filed a chargesheet against 78 people,
including three former judges of Allahabad High Court and
three district judges in the case.

The case took a new turn after the key accused Ashutosh
Asthana, died under mysterious circumstances at the Dasna
jail.

The scam was exposed after special CBI judge Rama Jain
lodged a criminal case against 70 people at Kavi Nagar police
station in February 15, 2008 following which Asthana was
arrested.

The CBI claimed to have found that the PF money of class
III and IV employees of Ghaziabad courts was illegally
siphoned out and lavishly spent on furniture, crockery,
mobiles, electronic gadgets and appliances, laptops, rail
tickets, taxi fare and other luxury items for the judges.

Asthana as the treasury officer was tasked to
safeguard the PF money of the employees

The CBI claimed to have recovered four original
certificates issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ghaziabad,
certifying that the truck numbers mentioned were carrying the
articles of members of judiciary, which were given to the
truck driver for smooth passage of goods while passing several
states.

PTI



First Published: Friday, January 14, 2011 - 21:51

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