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CBI chargesheets 10 in Provident Fund scam

December 19, 2005 21:45 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet against ten persons, including two employees of the Employees Provident Fund Organisation, accusing them of defrauding EPFO of approximately Rs 83 lakh.

In the chargesheet filed with a Special Judge in New Delhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation accused Tarun Kumar Goel and Bhupender Kumar, both lower division clerks with EPFO, and eight others, under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

None of the ten accused have been arrested.

The CBI alleged that Goel, in conspiracy with the others, passed about 173 bogus pension claims, and in the process defrauded the organisation of about Rs 83 lakh.

Goel, while he was LDC (Accounts), allegedly processed claims in the names of fictitious employees of the Information
Technologies (India) Ltd and Indian Road Construction Corporation Ltd.

The investigating agency alleged that Goel fabricated the required documents and got the claims passed, with cheques being sent directly to the claimants' accounts.

The claimants then withdrew the amount and shared it with Goel and others, the chargesheet said.

The agency alleged that Goel committed the misdemeanours during the course of his duty of processing claims between 2001 and 2004.

Goel's co-accused include Bhupender Kumar, LDC (Pension), Ravinder Sharma, Rajeev Kumar, Pradeep Puri and five others, all of whom are alleged to be beneficiaries of the scam.

The case was registered on the complaint of Pratap Singh, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner, EPFO.

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