4 Navy officers booked over Rs6.76-cr pretend payments


New Delhi, July 30

The CBI has booked 4 Navy officers and 14 others for allegedly producing pretend payments amounting to Rs 6.76 crore for provide of IT {hardware} to the Western Naval Command, officers mentioned.

Captain Atul Kulkarni, Commanders Mandar Godbole and RP Sharma, and Petty Officer LOG (F&A) Kuldeep Singh Baghel allegedly ready seven fraudulent payments of Rs 6.76 crore, they mentioned.

“All these accused naval officers abused their official position to defraud the naval authorities and rob the exchequer of public money, which led to pecuniary gain to themselves,” in accordance with the FIR. The probe company has carried out searches on this connection, sources mentioned.

The payments have been allegedly raised between January and March 2016 on the Western Naval Command in Mumbai for provide of Information Technology and networking-related {hardware}. “None of the items mentioned in the bills was supplied to HQ, WNC (Western Naval Command). No documents pertaining to preparation of the bills i.e. approvals, financial sanction, purchase orders, receipt vouchers, etc. are available at HQ,” the FIR mentioned. The company has additionally booked 4 officers of the Controller of Defence Accounts, in addition to non-public corporations Star Network, ACME Networks, Cyberspace Infovision and Moksh Infosys. — PTI



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