CBI registers case against former Mumbai Port Trust officials

Thursday, February 24, 2011

NEW DELHI - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a former Deputy Chairman and Traffic Manager of the Mumbai Port Trust, besides others for causing a loss of Rs.6.63 crores.

A case was registered against the concerned officials under Sections 420, 120-B of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of P.C.Act, 1988 against them.

It was alleged that public servants of Mumbai Port Trust entered into a criminal conspiracy with others with the intention of causing wrongful pecuniary loss to the Mumbai Port Trust in the matter of allotment of sheds for use by a Mumbai-based private firm under casual occupancy instead of the applicable Scale of Rates (SOR).

In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, the accused officials further waived the demurrage charges without proper approval from the competent authority for their wrongful pecuniary gains.

The accused fraudulently allotted the sheds A, K, L, and N of Mumbai Port Trust to the Mumbai-based private firm under general ‘Bye Laws’ without adopting the proper procedure.

It was further alleged that during 2008, the public servants also allowed the delivery of cargo stores beyond permissible limits without levying of the applicable demurrage charges and without sanction from the competent authority, thereby causing wrongful loss of Rs.6.63 crores to the government and a corresponding wrongful gain to the private firm. (ANI)

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