CBI probing alleged pilferage of high-speed diesel (HSD) worth Rs 10 crore at the Daund railway consumer depot has found that the arrested chief locomotive inspector fudged diesel reading entries at the time of entry and exit of engines.
In the last week of April,the anti-corruption bureau of CBI,Pune,arrested chief loco inspector Virsingh Chaudhary for pilfering 20,33,092 litres of HSD worth Rs 10 crore by falsifying records between April 2011 and July 2012.
A week later,the agency arrested two more employees of the depot. CBI sources said a scam of this magnitude could not have been possible without the involvement of some people higher up in the hierarchy.
A lawyer and his aide were also subsequently arrested for accepting Rs 28.95 lakh as bribe from Chaudhary for allegedly trying to influence members of the judiciary,legal fraternity and the CBI during the course of investigation and trial.
The probe into the scam has further revealed that the readings of HSD at the time of entry and exit of an engine into the depot were altered by the suspects so that they have unaccounted for fuel with them to be sold off.
A CBI source said: Every engine enters the depot with some diesel in its tank,and an initial reading is taken by dipping a metal bar into the tank. Now,for example,if an engine entered with 300 litres of diesel,the suspects would note the reading as 500 litre. After the engine is re-fuelled,a reading is taken again. Here too,the suspects would change the figures. If the tank is filled with,say 500 litres of diesel,they would record it as 800 litres. Thus,while the actual quantity of diesel would be 800 litre in the engine tank,the records would show 1,300 litre,which means a fraud of 500 litre on paper.