Four held for syphoning off Rs 95 lakh from Uninor

PTI | | Updated on: Jan 05, 2011


Four persons, including a chartered accountant, were arrested for allegedly syphoning off Rs 95 lakh from Uninor, which got 2G spectrum license, by cheques stolen by one of their employees, police said here on Saturday.

Chartered Accountant Manoj Pahwa (34), Unitech employee Rahul Sharma, aeronautical engineer Vasant Mittal and his friend Nitin Sharma were arrested from Meerut and various locations in South Delhi. A woman Amrita Kumari is absconding.

?They had allegedly stolen 13 cheques of Unitech Wireless and encashed it through different accounts,? H G S Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said.

The arrests came following investigations into a complaint filed by mobile telephone service provider Uninor, a joint venture of Telenor and Unitech, a construction company.

Uninor had got national and international long distance licences.

?The company approached police on September 18 claiming that Rs. 95 lakh have been debited unauthorised by different account holders from its three accounts in HDFC Bank,? Dhaliwal said.

During investigations, it came to light that the money has been debited in 13 different accounts. It was also revealed that the cheques had been stolen from the company office in Saket and later forged the signature of authorised person.

The holders of beneficiary accounts were traced and a few of them told poliec that their accounts have been utilised for transaction purpose and a nominal commission or cut was also given in exchange of the use of their account, Dhaliwal said.

A few account holders were found missing and money fraudulently debited in their account was found to be withdrawn.

These accounts were found to be related to a few individuals and a few private companies namely Globe Marketing, SM Enterprises, Primvira Management Solution and Delhi Sales Corporation.

?Besides, these companies were found to be involved in using their account against the bogus bills raised by the cheats involved in the racket and sometime converting black money into white,? Dhaliwal said.

Investigators found that Pahwa was the common link with all these accounts who is running a firm Manoj Pahwa and Associates.

Published on January 01, 2011
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