50 IAF officers fall victim to credit card fraud
More than 50 officials, including senior officials, of the Indian Air Force have become the latest victims of credit card fraud.
The Air Force has registered an FIR with the Cyber Cell of Delhi Police in connection with over 50 cases of fraudulent withdrawal of money from State Bank of India (SBI) accounts of its air force officers posted across India. Investigators are probing the role of some insiders and are planning to grill SBI officials and also IAF personnel.
A senior police officer said the IAF had shifted bulk of its officers’ bank accounts to the SBI in 2009-10 and most of the affected customers are from Defence Salary Package, a large number of them from the Air Force. The case was registered on Wednesday evening following the complaint of the Commanding Officer of IAF’s Provost and Security Unit, Wing Commander Tejveer Singh. “We came to know that our Air Force officials had lodged complaints with the local police,” said Singh.
IAF officials said the step was taken after it emerged that more than 40 such cases had taken place after the accounts of IAF officers were opened with the bank. “The police have found that transactions have been made on two websites of online shopping – Target Canada and American Apparel Montreal Canada. The transactions have taken place from June 22 but have gone up in the second week of July. The transaction amount varies from Rs.11,000 to Rs.3,75, 000,” a police source said.
Preliminary investigation has also revealed that the victims are mostly gold card users and they are Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant and Squadron Lead. CWG organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi. By Mail Today Bureau in New Delhi FIVE years after charges of alleged financial irregularities had hit the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday gave a clean chit to CWG Joint DG T.S. Darbari for the second time. However, it slapped charges of `4.64 crore forex violations in the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) event against former CWG organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and six others, including Lalit Bhanot.
The ED said it had found no evidence against Darbari as no approvals were sought from him, as alleged earlier by the Organising Committee (OC), before taking decisions related to the QBR.” The agency issued show cause notices under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to Kalmadi, the then Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee(OC), the then secretary general Lalit Bhanot, the then treasurer A.K. Matoo, director general V.K. Verma, joint DG M. Jeychandran, Deputy DG Sanjay Mahindroo and the officials of the OC. They have been given 30 days’ time to reply to ED’s notice after which adjudication proceedings under FEMA would begin. Interestingly, most of the accused persons now chargesheeted by the ED constitute key prosecution witness in the CBI chargesheet, say OC sources.
A senior ED official, on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that Darbari got a clean chit and said: “We could not substantiate the charges leveled against T.S. Darbari in the FEMA violation case involving payments worth `1.25 crore made to AM Car & Van Hire Ltd, UK for the event. His role is missing in the case and not made a party in the case… however, we have issued show cause notices to others allegedly involved in some more cases which are under investigation.” According to sources, Darbari had not been involved in the scam and was made a party to it by Kalmadi’s close aides. No evidence was found against him in the last five years of probe, but Darbari was terminated from service by Kalmadi, who was then the chairman of the Games Organising Committee in August 2010.
ED has filed FEMA contravention charges on primarily three counts — illegal dealing of foreign exchange, illegal acquisition of forex in violation of RBI norms and false declarations filed by all the accused during the documentation of the financial transactions pertaining to this event. ED slaps forex charges against Suresh Kalmadi Clean chit given to CWG Joint DG T.S. Darbari IAF officers fall victim to credit card fraud
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