New Delhi: The matter of forged bills and causing loss to the exchequer is haunting Maulana Mahmood Madni again. Last week a CBI court has decided to put former Rajya Sabha MP on trial in a corruption case.
The court has said that there are enough material on record to proceed with the case under various sections of IPC and several sections of prevention of corruption against Mr Madani and his associates.
According to the CBI complaint, Mr Madani entered into a criminal conspiracy with others persons to claim excess payment from the Rajya Sabha secretary by submitting fake copy of airline ticket in 2012.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had alleged that Mr Madani misused his official position by submitting fake airline bills in the name of his family members and claiming more than `five lakh due to which government of India incurred a huge loss.
“Mr Madani by hatching conspiracy with other persons had fraudulently claimed excess reimbursement by abusing his authority,” the CBI said.
CBI further alleged, “Our investigation revealed that as many as nine tickets were issued to Mr Madani by M/s Bonaire Travel Service and the corresponding CFS tickets were issued at a cheaper rate. The airline also confirmed the actual amount of nine CFS tickets was only `5,669, but forged tickets were submitted to claim the reimbursement of Rs 5,75,135”.
“Thus the former MP has committed the offences punishable under Sections 120-B, read with Sections 420, 468, 467, 471 of Indian Penal Code and 13(1)(d), 13(2) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988,” the CBI said.
During the trial of the case, the counsel representing the former MP argued that the personal assistant of Mr Madani had submitted the bills.
“Mr Madani has no knowledge about the excess claim made with regard to reimbursement of the air tickets purchased for his client and his family,” the counsel argued.
Earlier, in February, a special CBI court had granted bail to Maulana Mahmood Madani and his then PA Mohd Mubashir on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 in same case.