CBI Books 4 Navy Officers for Generating Fake Bills to Defraud Western Naval Command

Naval Officers Captain Atul Kulkarni, Commanders Mandar Godbole, R. P. Sharma and Kuldeep Singh Baghel allegedly generated fraudulent bills of Rs. 6.76 crore.

New Delhi: The CBI has booked four Navy officers and 14 others for allegedly generating fake bills worth Rs. 6.76 crore to supply IT hardware to the Western Naval Command.

On Wednesday, Captain Atul Kulkarni, Commanders Mandar Godbole and R.P. Sharma, and Petty Officer LOG (F&A) Kuldeep Singh Baghel allegedly prepared seven fraudulent bills of Rs 6.76 crore.

“All these accused naval officers abused their official position to defraud the naval authorities and rob the exchequer of public money which led to pecuniary gain for themselves,” according to the CBI FIR.

Sources said that the probe agency has also carried out searches in this connection.

The bills were allegedly raised between January and March in 2016 at the Western Naval Command in Mumbai for supplying information technology and networking related hardware.

“None of the items mentioned in the bills were supplied to HQ, WNC (Western Naval Command). No documents pertaining to preparation of the bills i.e. approvals, financial sanction, purchase orders, receipt vouchers, etc. are available at HQ,” the CBI FIR said.

The agency has also booked four officials of the Controller of Defence Accounts, besides private companies Star Network, ACME Networks, Cyberspace Infovision and Moksh Infosys.