Ac­cused sent to ju­di­cial cus­tody

Uma is one of the 11 ac­cused booked in the scam

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - scam HT Live Correspondent chdlivedesk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

■ SAS NA­GAR: The lo­cal court has sent Uma Saini, one of the ac­cused in the in­fa­mous cit­rus coun­cil scam, to ju­di­cial cus­tody.

Uma is wife of Vipin Ku­mar Saini, who owned one of the fake firms to which the funds of the cit­rus coun­cil were si­phoned off.

She is one of the 11 ac­cused booked by the po­lice in the scam. The po­lice have al­ready filed a chargesheet in the court in this re­gard.

The 87-crore scam had come to light in March 2010 af­ter over 20,000 of­fi­cial doc­u­ments were pro­cured un­der the RTI Act by a Ludhiana-based NGO, Resur­gence In­dia.

The chargesheet named sacked chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Vikramjit Singh Chimni, se­nior man­ager Aikom Singh Dhillon and as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager Gur­preet Singh Nain, who were ac­cused of si­phon­ing off sev­eral crores to fake firms by gen­er­at­ing bo­gus bills.

Among those against whom the chal­lan was filed in­cluded Chimni, his close aides Dhillon and Nain, Si­rat Dhillon, wife of Aikom Singh Dhillon, Mad­hu­mita Nain, wife of Gur­preet Singh Nain, Navjot Singh (al­ready dead), Yo­gesh Dutta, Ra­jin­der Singh, Vipin Ku­mar Saini and his wife Uma Saini and Gur­das Ma­lik.

The Pun­jab po­lice had booked the ac­cused un­der Sec­tions 409 (crim­i­nal breach of trust by pub­lic ser­vant), 420 (cheat­ing), 467 (forgery of valu­able se­cu­rity and will), 468 (forgery for pur­pose of cheat­ing), 471 (us­ing as gen­uine a forged doc­u­ment) and 120-B (pun­ish­ment of crim­i­nal con­spir­acy) of the IPC. The ac­cused were also booked un­der Sec­tion 13 of the Pre­ven­tion of Cor­rup­tion Act.

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