A Barrackpore court on Sunday sent Ruia Group Chairman and Jessop owner, Pawan Kumar Ruia to 14-day CID custody in connection with a complaint of theft lodged by Railways. In its complaint, the Railways had accused Ruia of stealing equipment from Ruia’s factory near Kolkata. Ruia was arrested from his Delhi residence on Saturday, by a team of West Bengal CID officials. “He was booked under section 420, 406, 409 of IPC,” DIG (CID) B L Meena told The Indian Express. According to sources he was picked up from his home in Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi.
A Barrackpore court in North 24-Parganas district passed the order when the industrialist was produced in the court on Sunday afternoon. Submitting that it required sufficient time to question the industrialist, the CID had appealed for a full-term custody, which was granted by the court.
Pawan Ruia arrested in connection with Jessop factory fire has been sent to 14 days CID custody from Barrackpore court (West Bengal) pic.twitter.com/EOHoYKK6Dr
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Ruia has been booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy house, etc) 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy).
The railways had filed an FIR with the Dum Dum police station after an inspection team found several equipment and coaches worth Rs 50 crore missing from the Jessop factory at Dum Dum where a fire had broken out on October 17.
Ruia ignored four summons of the CID since October 26 in connection with investigations into repeated mysterious fires at his company’s Jessop factory in Dum Dum, Kolkata following which he was arrested. In October, the Calcutta High Court had refused to quash an FIR against him. Ruia had moved the court saying that he was not Jessop’s chairman and insisted that he was “neither the director nor a shareholder, or an occupier of Jessop and Co Ltd (JCL) or any of its premises”.
with PTI inputs