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Updated: November 4, 2013 15:41 IST

LTC scam: CBI seeks papers from Rajya Sabha secretariat

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A view of the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. CBI on Monday approached the Rajya Sabha secretariat seeking documents related to fake travel bills allegedly submitted by a JD(U) MP against whom a case has been registered for making such claims. File photo
The Hindu A view of the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. CBI on Monday approached the Rajya Sabha secretariat seeking documents related to fake travel bills allegedly submitted by a JD(U) MP against whom a case has been registered for making such claims. File photo

The CBI on Monday approached the Rajya Sabha secretariat seeking documents related to fake travel bills allegedly submitted by a JD(U) MP against whom a case has been registered for making such claims.

CBI sources said a team has again gone to the secretariat to collect these documents.

The agency has registered its first FIR in the Leave Travel Concession(LTC) scam against JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Anil Kumar Sahani for allegedly siphoning off around Rs. 9.5 lakh by presenting fake air tickets and boarding passes.

Besides Sahani, Air India customer Service agent Rubaina Akhtar and Lajpat Nagar-based travel operator Air Cruise Travels Private Ltd have also been named in the FIR in the scam in which LTC claims were forged for travel on state-run Air India.

In his defence, Mr. Sahani had refuted the allegation claiming that it was he who had complained to the authorities about 20 fake tickets being submitted in his name.

He has alleged that it was his personal assistant who had submitted these tickets for claims but no money was ever transferred to his account.

The MP has claimed that he had brought this matter to the notice of concerned authorities and even submitted that complaint letter to CBI when it searched his premises here.

The tour operator and Air India did not offer any comments.

CBI has alleged that Mr. Sahani made false claims of approximately Rs. 9.5 lakh for seven business class return air tickets costing nearly Rs. 1.34 lakh each to Port Blair in December 2012 using fake air tickets and boarding passes for himself and six associates, the sources said.

CBI sources said the agency has registered a case of cheating and forgery among other charges under Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

CBI has alleged that the MP purchased seven return e-tickets in connivance with the tour operator and the Air India employee. He also allegedly used online service to get boarding passes using web check-in basis.

The sources said just before the boarding time, these boarding passes and tickets were allegedly cancelled using the sign-in code of Akhtar, the Air India customer service agent, and money was refunded with little deduction.

Meanwhile, the e-tickets and boarding passes which were earlier issued were allegedly presented to claim the travel expenses by the MP.

The sources said even though no expenses were incurred by the MP, he allegedly claimed the amount using these e-tickets and boarding passes which were cancelled.

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With utmost respect - in my opinion 9.5 Lacs is insignificant amount. CBI can put its efforts in more grave corruption scams.

from:  Madhusudhan Chandak
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013 at 17:35 IST

It is given that some MPs and others will certainly indulge in fraud by submitting false documents for their LTA claims. We only have to blame the system for such complications. LTA should be given as fixed sum by all and left to the people concerned for its utilization in whatever form they deem it fit. Also the tax provision should be such that there should not be any tax up to a specified financial limit. At the end of the day, the law of the nation should not be such that it induces the people to commit fraud, which would be disaster. Also, what a colossal waste of the resources of CBI and Central Vigilance Commission and their precious time is being wasted for such frivolous investigations, when they are supposed to focus their time on more sensitive issues affecting the nation’s economy?

from:  Partha
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013 at 17:34 IST

The temptation to convert perks into hard cash by foul means is not a
phenomenon unique to civil servants enjoying LTC. Your edit has nailed
a malady which has spread into the entire remuneration and
compensation system in the organised sector across public and private
sectors and the legislators. Depending to the specific payment you
refer to, justification will differ from tax issues to industry
comparisons and legal constraints to employee preferences. One wonders
why government and employers feel so shy about transparency in the
payments they make. Limiting comments to the perks issue, government
should consider the option of including this issue in the Terms of
Reference of VII Pay Commission asking the Commission to structure the
pay scales keeping in view the range of Cost to Company(Govt) per
employee in each category. Pay and all allowances including cost on
housing,healthcare and retirement benefits should be factored in C to
C.Employees shd be given option to decide ratios.

from:  M G WARRIER
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013 at 17:19 IST

A simple question the so-called innocent JD(U) MP - whose Bank A/c the money be credited by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat ? Is it not the MP's Bank Savings Bank a/c? Hence, he is guilty. There is no doubt in the CBI claim. Let the MP face the music. How a person claims executive class ticket refund when the Air India flight in the said sector doesn't have such class?

from:  Mallikarjuna Rao T.V.L.N.
Posted on: Nov 4, 2013 at 17:05 IST
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