CBI opposes builder Niranjan Hiranandani ’s plea regarding Provident Fund Scam

Mumbai: The CBI has opposed in the Bombay High Court a plea of builder Niranjan Hiranandani seeking to quash the charge sheet filed against him in 2010 in a criminal case of alleged non-payment of provident fund to the tune of Rs 9 crore.

The central agency opposed the plea on the ground that Hiranandani was a key conspirator. The 61-year-old developer had approached the high court last week to quash and set aside the charge sheet filed against him by the CBI’s Anti-Corruption wing in September 2010 under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

In his plea, he claimed it was a vexatious prosecution and that there was no material to support allegations of him defrauding the provident fund office.

CBI lawyer Hiten Venegaonkar, however, opposed the plea and said Hiranandani was the main conspirator. “The statement of witnesses, including the petitioners employees, EPF consultants, point to his involvement in the offence. The witnesses have said that fake employee names and a bogus register was prepared at the behest of and in consultation with the petitioner,” Venegaonkar argued.

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