MTNL officials booked for three lakh fake connections

Mumbai: The CBI has registered a case against several officials of MTNL for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy with distributors and causing wrongful loss of Rs seven crore to the telephone service provider.

A case has been registered against the deputy general manager (GSM), assistant general manager (Sales) of MTNL and nine MTNL distributors here for allegedly activating thousands of fake GSM connections.

According to CBI, between June 2008 to February 2009, the accused had activated numerous connections on the basis of forged and fictitious customer application forms to claim commission from MTNL.

"Under a scheme of SIM 75, SIM cards having value of Rs 75 were provided to the distributors on a commissioner of Rs 50 per card. The distributors were entitled for a commission of Rs 150 for each activated connection up to 600 numbers, Rs 200 for 600 to 2000 connections and Rs 250 for above 2000 connections," a press statement issued by CBI said.

However, senior officials of MTNL hatched a conspiracy with the accused distributors and forwarded and sanctioned huge amounts of commission ignoring the fake and forged activations.

"About three lakh connections were activated under this scheme. Computer hard disks and other documents used for activating fake connections were seized from the offices of the accused," CBI said.