THE CHANDIGARH Police on Tuesday submitted the supplementary chargesheet against two former Panjab University employees, Pooja Bagga and her accomplice Naresh Sabharwal, mentioning Bagga’s CFSL handwriting report, which opined “writings have been done by one and same person”.
The supplementary chargesheet was submitted in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Abhishek Phutela, in the forgery case pertaining to the Panjab University Pension Cell scam of 2015, involving Bagga, Sabharwal, and nine others. The matter is now scheduled for hearing on January 8, 2020.
It was mentioned in the chargesheet that Bagga and Sabharwal prepared the forged vouchers in the name of their associates and siphoned funds from the pension account of Panjab University.
As per the chargesheet submitted Tuesday, the specimen of handwriting of Pooja Bagga was obtained, along with the cash book of PU pension cell, which also included Bagga’s handwriting, from the period May 2006 to March 2013. The report opined writing has been done by one and same person. “…Meaning thereby that accused Pooja Bagga has prepared said forged vouchers and also prepared cheques against said vouchers and thereafter amounts were credited in the account of her accomplices…”, stated the supplementary chargesheet.
The chargesheet further read, “…it can be strongly said that accused Pooja Bagga has used said vouchers with the dishonest intention for her personal wrongful gain. From the examination of the said old vouchers, it has clearly come to light that said vouchers were already used and pension was credited to the actual bonafide pensioner, but by doing alteration/cutting/overwriting accused Pooja Bagga in connivance with Naresh Sabharwal and their associate re-used said vouchers…”
Charges have been framed against the mastermind in the case, Pooja Bagga, former PU employee at pension cell, her husband Jatinder Singh, brother-in-law Baljinder Singh (Jatinder’s brother), sister-in-law Paramjit Kaur and brother-in-law Ravi Kumar (Paramjit’s husband), mother Sarita Devi, father Sampuran Singh, PU pension cell’s assistant superintendent Naresh Sabharwal, Avinash Rana and Rishi Kumar. The accused are on bail at present.
The case was registered in 2015, on a complaint filed by the then PU chief security officer Jatinder Grover. Bagga, a contractual clerk in PU’s pension cell, was booked on September 7, 2015, for fraudulently withdrawing money from PU funds and diverting it to the bank accounts of her family members, including her husband, father and brother. The exact amount misappropriated was Rs 2.34 crore after “scrutiny of accounts,” the UT police economic offences wing (EOW) officials had apprised the court. The police have recovered Rs 92 lakh from the accounts of Bagga and her family members.