No need for CBI probe: Rangasamy

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"Guilty won't be shielded in fake RC book case"

Fake RC books issued for 69 vehicles: Minister"Middlemen have access to Transport Department"

Puducherry: Chief Minister N. Rangasamy has said that there is no need for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into fake RC books issue involving the Transport Department here. Mr. Rangasamy told the Assembly during a debate on a call attention motion tabled by A. Anbalagan (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) on Thursday on the issue that the local police and Central Investigation Department had already been conducting the investigation.

The Government would never shield anyone and appropriate action would be taken as soon as the investigation was over. Replying to the criticisms of Mr. Anbalagan and S.P. Sivakumar (Dravida Munnetra Khazhagam) during the debate on the issue, the Chief Minister said that the Government had initiated steps as soon as the scam came to light.

Mr. Anbalagan said that it was indeed startling that vehicles stolen from distant places such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh besides Puducherry were sold here and fake RC books were issued in connivance with some officials.

He said what was shocking was that the middlemen were having full access to the department. This should be closely monitored.

There should be stern action against the officers who were involved in the scam. He wanted a CBI probe as the case involved theft of vehicles from other States.

Transport Minister M.O.H.F. Shahjahan said that the department received on April 19 last year two separate applications for service for two different vehicles. It was found that the applications showed the same registration number.

On verification one of the two RC books was found to be fake. Mr. Shahjahan said that it was found that the computerised documents and the other records were tampered with.

The committee constituted under the head of the Transport Department examined the records and found that fake RC books had been issued for 69 vehicles.

The Minister said that police seized 35 out of the 69 vehicles and handed them to the court. Action had been taken to seize the remaining 34 vehicles. Seventeen persons were found to be involved in the crime.

Sixteen of them (including six staff of the department) were arrested so far and the remaining one person (an outsider) was absconding. Further investigation was on. Members cutting across partylines wanted stern action against the staff.

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