Six judges named in provident fund scam

Ghaziabad, July 17 (Calcutta Tube) The Central Bureau of Investigation has named six judges among 78 people in an investigative report for fraudulent withdrawal to the tune of Rs.6.5 crore from the provident fund here.

The investigation report submitted in the chargesheet before special CBI judge in Ghaziabad revealed that R.P. Mishra, R.P. Yadav, R.N. Mishra, A.K. Singh, R.S. Chobey and Arun Kumar, all former district judges, had been beneficiaries of the scam.

The report says that 78 people fraudulently and dishonestly took out Rs.65,857,892 from the district treasury in Ghaziabad as provident fund withdrawals.

In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, documents like bills, sanction orders were fabricated for withdrawing money in the name of class IV employees by them, the report said.

The apex court had transferred the probe to the CBI on a plea by the Ghaziabad Bar Association (GBA), which had submitted to the court that the local police might be ill-equipped to investigate the matter as the names of several sitting and retired judges, including those of the Allahabad and Calcutta high courts besides an apex court judge, had cropped up as beneficiaries of the fraudulent fund withdrawal.

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