Sunday, February 27, 2011

CBI books DGM BSNL for purchase fraud - PRESS TRUST OF INDIA

Jammu, Feb 26:  The CBI has booked two top officials of BSNL and a private company for alleged irregularities in purchase of portable linemen testers, official sources said here today.

An FIR has been registered against a Deputy General Manager (DGM) and a Divisional Engineer (DE) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for causing loss to the government exchequer by purchasing testers at 20 times the orginal costs, they said.

The CBI has also booked a Ghaziabad-based private company Sain Telemetics, which had supplied testers.

The BSNL officials have been identified as Kunj Bihari Sharma, presently DGM Mobiles) Udhampur, who had been posted as Telecom District Manager (TDM), BSNL Udhampur at the time of purchases and Jasbir Singh, DE, presently posted in the office of TDM Udhampur.

The officials had placed the orders of eight testers with  Sain Telemetics, Ghaziabad at a cost of Rs 24,900 per piece, they said. However, investigations conducted by the CBI revealed that original cost of the testers was just Rs 1700 per piece.

In fact, Sain Telemetics had purchased the testers from a  PSU ICISIL, New Delhi, at a cost of Rs 1700 and supplied it to the BSNL at Rs 24,900 per piece, they said.

The CBI has charged the BSNL officials with conniving with Sain Telemetics to purchase the testers at an exhorbitant price.  However, no arrests have been made so far by the CBI, sources said, adding the record pertaining to the purchase has been seized.

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