CBI case against 6 officials of Controller of Defence Accounts

Jabalpur: CBI has registered a case of fraud and corruption against six officials of Controller of Defence Accounts for allegedly causing a loss of over Rs three crore to the exchequer.

The case has been registered against assistant account officers Ranjan Kumar Rout, Suryakant Gaur, Punendra Dewangan, senior account officer Madan Kumar Sylvester, senior auditor Kailash Chandra Upadhyaya and data entry operator Atulya Verma based on a complaint by deputy controller of defence account, Jabalpur.

It is alleged that during the period between November 2008 and November 2009, the public servants entered into a criminal conspiracy among themselves along with a private person and some others.

"In pursuance of the said conspiracy, the public servants abused their official position and prepared false claims in the fake names, processed such claims for payment of final settlement of Armed Force Public Provident Fund (AFPP) and fraudulently withdrew an amount of over Rs 3.09 crore through different banks with the help of private persons," CBI said in a statement.

Searches were conducted in the residential premises of accused persons at Jabalpur by investigators in order to collect incriminating documents disclosing the forgery in processing, payment and withdrawal of the AFPP fund amount and link them with the officials.

"During the searches, documents including pass books, blank cheques, cheque books utilised by the accused persons for withdrawal of the defrauded amount were seized," CBI said.