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Himachal sleuths file chargesheet against eight accused in multi-crore scam
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Himachal sleuths file chargesheet against eight accused in multi-crore scam

Shimla, Jan 6: Himachal Crime Investigation Department (CID) has filed a chargesheet in a trial court in Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district against eight accused including son of a former IAS in Rs 6,000 crore corporate fraud.

Charge sheet filed on Saturday before Special Judge Sirmaur as FIR has been lodged against eight people under sec 420, 406, 409, 467, 467, 472' 201, 210, 120-B, of IPC and 13-(1)c & d of prevention of corruption act on Mar 4, 2016 at police station Bharari in Shimla.

The accused including director Vinay Kumar Sharma, Trilochan Biswal(plant head), Vivek Lal(DGM account), Vivek Gupta (DGM account) R K Shani(DGM store), Himanshu Goel (DGM finance) , Suleman and amit Singh

The accused director, Vinay Kumar Sharma, son of IAS officer M L Sharma, a former Deputy Commissioner of Sirmour district, was arrested by the Police (CID) custody in March 24 last year.

The financial fraud, one of the biggest in the state as per records, was being investigated by the different departments of Himachal Pradesh for the past over four years.

The Indian Technomac company management, Jagatpur village of Paonta Sahib, official of Excise and Taxation Department Nahan were charged to cause loss of Rs 2,175.51 crore due to tax evasion.

Various banks were defaulted to the tune of Rs 2167 crore and the company owed Rs 750 crore to Income Tax Department and crores of rupees to HPSEB, EPF, Labour department and several other departments which could be tune of Rs 6,000 crore.

CID is investigating the case further and a supplementary charge sheet will be file in this case after probing the case against rest accused soon, public prosecutor told the Special judge Sirmaur.

The crime came forth when manufacturing operations closes down in March 2014 and its officials disappeared from Jagatpur village of Paonta Sahib, where the unit is situated, allegedly without paying the wages of its staff, EPF, Income Tax, Sales Tax and electricity charges amounting crores of rupees.

CID team is looking for main accused Rakesh Kumar Sharma, MD of the firm but is not sure whether he has fled the country.

Indian Technomac Company's alleged fraud is estimated to touch Rs 6,000 crore.

CID has accepted state biggest corporate scam with arrest of Vinay Kumar Sharma in connection with two FIRs registered for the offence failing and fabrication of making the payment of crores of rupees as energy charges to the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board allegedly through a fake RTGS, huge tax evasion, Benami land purchases and violation of provisions of section 118 of Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land reform Act, 1972.

PNB and other banks which given whooping credit to the defaulted firm also filled insolvency proceedings against the fled firm. (UNI)