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5-day remand for HPCL depot manager, driver

5-day remand for HPCL depot manager, driver

TNN, Aug 27, 2009, 02.56am IST

JAIPUR: A day after a depot of the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in Sitapura industrial area was raided by CBI and embezzlement worth lakhs of rupees was unearthed, the agency, on Wednesday, recovered property documents and cash worth Rs 82 lakh from the house of the depot manager Arun Kumar. The CBI also arrested the driver of the diesel tanker, identified as Rajendra Singh, from the Dudu area when he was allegedly trying to sell the stolen diesel. The depot manager and the driver were produced in a local court which sent them to five-day police remand.

The CBI team had found 1.28 lakh litre petrol and 4, 000 litre diesel stored in the depot tankers without their entry in the account books. According to CBI officials, the house in Shashtri Nagar of Arun Kumar, who had been arrested on Tuesday night, was raided by CBI official. "During the night-long search of the house, we recovered Rs 4.28 lakh cash and the documents of properties worth Rs 78 lakhs from the house," said a CBI official.

He added that Arun Kumar owns a plot worth Rs 9 lakh at Sahara City in Shivdaspura, a flat worth Rs 5 lakh in Malviya Nagar sector 15, a house worth Rs 28 lakh in Vaishali Nagar RACB colony, two plots worth Rs 16 lakh in Manglam City on Sikar Road and a house worth Rs 19 lakh in the Panchyawala area.

On a tip-off, a CBI team arrested Rajendra Singh and recovered a diesel tanker from Balisod village in the Dudu area on Wednesday. "He was trying to sell the diesel stolen from the depot," said the official.

The depot had been closed one year ago and irregularities were carried out by stealing petrol and diesel after showing the volume of stolen oil vaporized due to high-temperature.

"The tankers which used to come for filling of petrol and diesel were kept in the open under sun due to which the tanker would show the quantity of oil more than it actually was," the officer added.

He said that as the depot had closed and was being shifted to the Bassi area, the depot manager tried to sell the stored oil in bulk. There were just two more technicians working in the depot.

"We are interrogating the accused for further information," the official said.

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