Role of police officials will also be investigated
CHENNAI: The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation has formed seven teams to probe cases relating to alleged bogus insurance claims in Tamil Nadu. The teams will be under the supervision of an Additional Superintendent of the CBI.
The CBI has taken up the cases, which were earlier handled by the Crime Branch Criminal Investigation Department (CB CID), on the orders of the Madras High Court. Besides these, the court has entrusted to CBI two cases relating to fake First Information Reports (FIRs).
Sources told The Hindu that investigators were at present engaged in the task of collecting documents relating to the claims. Besides insurance offices, some of the documents may have to be collected from the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals (MACT.) The cases pertaining to the accidents with regard to which insurance claims had been made had been registered by 11 police stations in Tamil Nadu. The CB CID had already handed over the case files to the central agency.
The role of police officials in the racket, if any, would also be investigated, the sources said.
On March 1, the High Court transferred the probe of bogus insurance claims cases and fake FIR cases to CBI. The High Court order was challenged by the State Government. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal on July 11. Following a review petition by the CBI that it did not have sufficient manpower to investigate 1,000 bogus insurance claims and fake FIR cases, the High Court entrusted only 13 claims and FIR cases to the central agency. The court directed the CBI to file a report in three months.