The Central Bureau of Investigation has collected documents from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat in connection with the ongoing probe into allegations of conspiracy by Janata Dal (United) MP Anil Kumar Sahani with an Air India staffer and a travel agency to claim Leave Travel Concession (LTC) of Rs.9.5 lakh on invalid air tickets and boarding passes.
“A CBI team visited the Secretariat on Monday to get the papers for scrutiny. In due course, the MP will also be examined by the agency. The role of the other two accused is also being established,” said a CBI official.
The CBI had earlier carried out searches at the residential and official premises of the JD(U) MP and the other two accused, Air India customer service agent Rubaina Akhtar and Lajpat Nagar-based Air Cruise Travels Private Limited. Mr. Sahani, along with the Air India staffer and the travel agency, has been accused of cheating, forgery, using forged documents as genuine and falsifying accounts. The agency has alleged that the Rajya Sabha MP made an attempt to avail of LTC for seven to-and-fro air e-tickets for travel to Port Blair last December. The CBI found that the tickets and the boarding passes obtained through web check-in were cancelled well before the scheduled boarding time.
Accordingly the amount spent on the e-tickets was refunded after a meagre deduction. However, copies of the tickets and boarding passes were used to claim LTC on behalf of the JD (U) MP.
For his part, Mr. Sahani has refuted the allegations claiming that he was the one who blew the lid off the conspiracy. He told the media that earlier this year he had lodged a complaint with the authorities concerned informing them that about 20 fake tickets had been submitted in his name. He instead raised fingers at his former personal assistant.