CBI begins probe into HAL financial irregularities

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today began probe into the alleged financial irregularities at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) at Sunabeda in Koraput district.

The matter had came to fore after an employee who was facing charges of financial irregularities suddenly absconded after burning official documents and currency notes worth Rs 1.67 lakh.

A two-member team of the CBI reached the office of the Central establishment to probe the case and also visited the SP office to collect more information regarding the alleged wrongdoings of the finance manager.

The  central probing agency has registered corruption case against eight officials of the HAL alleging that they routed company funds amounting to Rs 5 crore  to certain contractors through fraudulent means between January and August.

The accused have been identified as Bhaben Mitra, Abinash Kumar Sarkar, Subhashree Das, Jayaram Garada, Bipra Charan Maharana, Jisudan Khosla, Urdhav Khola and Sadananda Nayak.

“Officials of CBI reviewed the progress of the probe and discussed with us on how to take the investigation forward,” said additional SP of Koraput district VR Rao.

It is pertinent to note that Bhaben Mitra, a finance manager of the Engine Division of the company who was facing enquiry over alleged irregularities had fled earlier this month after burning official documents and currency notes.

Preliminary investigations revealed financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 1 crore after HAL vigilance department raided the residence of the accused manager and seized pen drive, handsets, cash voucher register and other incriminating documents. Later the case was handed over to the CBI because it involved possible bribery, corruption, forgery and criminal breach of trust.