Two months after ‘Rs 38-cr scam’ surfaced at Gujarat Informatics Ltd, Rs 1.25-cr assets recovered
Police probing an alleged Rs 38-crore scam at Gujarat Informatics Limited (GIL) in Gandhinagar said they conducted raids across Gujarat and recovered Rs 1.25 crore in cash and other assets on Wednesday.
A first information report was filed at the Gandhinagar Sector 7 police station on June 6 against five people including GIL officials on charges of diverting money from the state government venture to shell companies using fake payment receipts in 2019-2020.
The alleged mastermind of the scam is a GIL executive accountant, Ruchi Bhavsar, who was arrested on July 17 along with finance officer Vikrant Kansara. The other accused are company secretary Japan Shah, deputy director Rakesh Amin and auditor Sonu Singh. GIL is tasked with streamlining e-governance in the state.
Initially, when an audit was carried out by a third-party company earlier this year, discrepancies to the tune of Rs 7 crore were found. “During the course of the investigation, it was found out that the total amount defrauded from GIL was Rs 38.67 crore. Keeping in view the seriousness of the case, a total of 15 teams, each led by a sub-inspector rank officer, were made. On Wednesday, simultaneous raids were conducted at 20 places in Gujarat, from where we have recovered cash and other assets worth Rs 1.25 crore. These include five luxury cars, gold ornaments and Rs 14.4 lakh cash,” said a senior police officer.
According to police, the accused officials conspired with others to make fake shell companies to which money was transferred using fake receipts drawn for purchasing gadgets and technology.
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