Ruia Group Chairman and Jessop owner, Pawan Kumar Ruia, has finally been arrested by a team of CID from his residence in Delhi on Saturday. “He has been arrested from his residence in Delhi on the complaint filed by the Railway in Dum Dum police station. He has been booked under section 420, 406, 409 of IPC,” DIG (CID) B L Meena told The Indian Express. As per sources he was picked up from his home in Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi.
According to sources a team of CID officials had left for Delhi on Sunday after which he was arrested from there. Ruia was previously summoned by CID in Kolkata several time while he didn’t appear even once. Railway had filed an FIR against Jessop after an inspection team found several equipment and coaches missing from the factory premises at Dum Dum.
During a joint inspection by six Railway board members and a team of CID, it was found that several equipment and rakes were missing. According to a source, railway property worth Rs 50 crore was missing from the Jessop premises. Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) had sent those equipment and rakes to Jessop on behalf of the Railways.
On October 18, Ruia-described as the “proprietor” of Jessop & Co Ltd-and the “managerial staff responsible for functioning of the factory” were booked under sections 427 (mischief, causing damage), 435 (mischief by fire/arson), 436 (mischief by fire/arson), 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and 11J, 11L (contravention of provisions for safety measures) and 26 (penalty for not taking out license) of the West Bengal Fire Services Act-1950.
The FIR against Ruia, filed after the initial probe, said that there is a suggestion of “criminal and calculated omission with some ulterior motive on the part of Sri Pawan Ruia, the proprietor of Jessop and Co Ltd and the managers responsible for the functioning of the factory”. The Ruia Group, however, claimed that the description of Pawan Ruia as the proprietor of the factory wasn’t true. “This is not true. Pawan Ruia is not a proprietor, a shareholder or an occupier of Jessop & Co Ltd,” said Dhrubyojyoti Nandi, VP (Corporate Communications) of the group.