MEA staff un­der CBI lens for with­drawals from GPF ac­counts

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THE Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) has reg­is­tered a case against un­known of­fi­cials of Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and oth­ers for their al­leged role in fraud­u­lent with­drawal of Rs 92 lakh from var­i­ous GPF ac­counts of the Min­istry dur­ing 2017-2018.

The crime came to light dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary in­ter­nal re­view con­ducted by the of­fice of Prin­ci­pal Chief Con­troller of Ac­counts of Min­istry of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs. The re­view was con­ducted on a com­plaint re­ceived by the CBI on Thurs­day from Min­istry’s Con­troller of Ac­counts Shailen­dra Ku­mar, an agency of­fi­cial said.

In its com­plaint, Ku­mar al­leged that Rs 91.90 lakh was with­drawn in four fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions made on Au­gust 23, 2017; Septem­ber 5, 2017; Oc­to­ber 23, 2017 and Fe­bru­ary 2 from four dif­fer­ent GPF ac­counts in Cen­tral Bank of India’s South Delhi’s Saf­dar­jung En­clave-based branch, Ca­nara Bank branch in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Bareilly, Axis Bank branch in south Delhi’s Saket and United Bank of India branch in Guwahati’s G S Road in As­sam re­spec­tively.

“Rs 25 lakh each was with­drawn in the first two trans­ac­tions while Rs 21.90 lakh and Rs 20 lakh was with­drawan in the third and fourth trans­ac­tions.”

As per the com­plaint, the fraud was de­tected on June 7 when a fresh at­tempt was made to with­draw Rs 22 lakh from an­other GPF ac­count. “The fraud was de­tected due to mis­match of name with GPF ac­count holder and the pay­ment of the bill was stopped through bank.”

Dur­ing the in­ter­nal re­view, it is re­vealed that COM­PACT Data Base (soft­ware in which of­fice of Prin­ci­pal Chief Con­troller of Ac­counts op­er­ates Min­istry’s ac­counts) had been tam­pered with and cer­tain data fields were al­tered in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the fraud­u­lent with­drawal, said the com­plaint.

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