Court raps CBI for filing closure report after 30 years

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Court raps CBI for filing closure report after 30 years
New Delhi, May 8: The CBI's move to file a closure report in a 30-year-old case of cheating of an insurance company by four persons today irked a Delhi court which asked the agency to look into the delay and fix the responsibility on concerned officers.

Special CBI Judge Narottam Kaushal pulled up the CBI, which filed the closure report in a case of cheating of the National Insurance Company 30 years ago, saying that three of the accused had died and documents of the case are missing.

"It is directed that the matter be looked into by the appropriate authority to fix the responsibility of officers of CBI who delayed the investigation for a period of almost 30 years," the court said, directing that a copy be sent to the CBI Director.

The court, however, accepted the closure report, saying as the relevant records are not available, it has no option but to accept the closure report. "Considering the facts that the relevant records are not available, this court has no option but to accept the closure report. Death of three accused persons, and the fourth one being 92 years of age, has created a situation of fait­accompli. "In the facts and circumstances, I am of the opinion that there is no reason to direct further investigation.

The closure report submitted by investigating officer Inspector Y S Yadav is accepted," the judge said. The case pertains to one D N Sarkar, who was accused of conspiring with officials of National Insurance Company - R S Bhandari, G S Narang, Arvind Bery - and cheating the insurance firm by facilitating a false insurance claim.

Insured Sarkar had sought claim on the ground that while traveling by Japan Airlines, he had suffered bursting of ear drum, resulting in total deafness in the left ear. The four men were booked for the offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating under the IPC and under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to criminal misconduct in discharge of official duty.

PTI

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