R. Ilangovan

Few more arrests expected

  • CBI to take up only 11 cases for detailed investigation
  • Interim report to be submitted to Madras High Court

    SALEM: The special investigation team of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday carried out simultaneous raids in five towns of Tamil Nadu as part of its investigations into the multi-crore motor accidents insurance claims scam.

    This comes close on the arrest of an orthopaedic surgeon in Dharapuram and a senior insurance officer in Coimbatore. A senior CBI officer coordinating the operation told The Hindu here that a few more arrests could be expected shortly.

    While 1,061 "exorbitant and hence dubious" motor accident claims original petitions (MCOP) involving Rs. 47 crore needed to be investigated, the CBI, facing manpower shortage, would take up only 11 cases for detailed investigation.

    An interim report on the progress of the investigation in these 11 cases and in the two bogus FIR form cases would be submitted to the Madras High Court in the third week of October. During the raids in Madurai, Karur, Namakkal, Erode and Udumalpet, the CBI targeted the suspects including a few doctors. It collected documents such as FIRs, court documents, disability certificates and details of claimants.

    The progress of the investigation, however, depends on the co-operation of the State CB-CID, which was, till recently, investigating the cases.

    The scam came to light when a private investigator of the United India Insurance Company K. Mariappan preferred a complaint with the Namakkal Crime Branch on February 28, 2002 stating that "exaggerated and dubious" insurance claims had been made in eight cases under the Motor Vehicle Act 1988.