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CBI searches premises of senior BHEL officials in graft case


New Delhi: CBI today carried out searches at residential and official premises of senior officials of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited in Bhopal in connection with alleged inflated payments worth Rs 60 lakh made to vendors on the basis of forged bills.

CBI said a case was registered by the agency against Deputy General Manager Y D Pawar, Senior Engineers Naman Mukuk and Nelesh Koli, personal secretary Deepak Joshi and private vendors under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, forgery and provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act.

“The case was registered on the allegation that during 2008-2013 they entered into criminal conspiracy and in furtherance of the said conspiracy they managed to manipulate the Material Management Computer System to facilitate excess payment against purchase orders favouring the above vendors who submitted inflated bills matching with the manipulated data; thereby causing a loss of Rs 59.8 lakh to BHEL,” a CBI spokesperson said here today.

The official said after obtaining warrants, searches were conducted on today at seven official and residential premises of accused public servants and private persons at Bhopal.

“Various incriminating documents have been seized during the searches which are under scrutiny. Search conducted at residential premises of one of the accused who is PS, Grade II has prima facie revealed assets disproportionate to known sources of income,” the official said.