Court asks CBI to explain failure to arrest ex-officer in fraud case
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The court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Delhi, has summoned the Superintendent of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the CBI to give an explanation as to why the agency had failed to arrest a retired senior CBI official against whom a chargesheet was filed on Thursday.
CMM Vinod Yadav summoned the Superintendent of ACU after noting that four separate chargesheets had been filed against retired CBI Superintendent SV Raman, who has been accused of having filed false reports to the agency in five separate cases between 1999 and 2005.
The CMM said he had tried to ascertain from the investigating officer of the case the reasons for not arresting the accused. "The the IO has not been able to produce the relevant case diaries showing the efforts made by the investigating agency to ascertain the involvement of other persons, if any, in the case," he said.
The CMM made the observations while accepting a chargesheet filed by the CBI against Raman, which alleges that he had failed to file a chargesheet against A V Hanumanthapa, the then manager of the Firozabad branch of Canara Bank, and nine persons involved with a private company, Comet Glass Ltd, who had been accused of cheating the bank of over Rs 1.8 crore in 1998.
The agency booked Raman under Sections 217 and 218 of the IPC for "disobeying direction of law with intent to save person from punishment" and "framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment."
"The sanction for prosecution was received on December 20, 1999, after which the file was marked to SV Raman" the chargesheet filed before the CMM stated.
It further said that not only did Raman not submit the chargesheet before the Special CBI court in Dehradun, he also made false file notings in the CBI files between 1999 and 2011 to show that trial proceedings had begun in the case.
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