PUNE: The crime branch, Pune, on Thursday arrested two building engineers for allegedly duping the real estate company, Vascon Engineers, to the tune of over Rs 34 crore.
The suspects, Amol Shirodkar (27) of Thane and Rahul Sonawane (27) of Navi Mumbai, had surrendered to police, following directions from the Bombay high court.
Seeking their police custody, assistant public prosecutor Shilpa Mahatekar told the court that the custodial interrogation of the duo was essential as they had misappropriated the money by preparing forged bills of building materials, this after seeking the sanction of their superiors. And that their custody was required to find out if they had amassed any property with the fraud money.
The court of judicial magistrate first class S N Karakdande upheld the prosecutions plea and remanded them in police custody till May 13.
Police had earlier arrested the former vice president Manoj Kallur (48), a resident of Kanchan Galli, Law College Road, and site engineer Arvind Gangbaksh Singh after a complaint was lodged by Vascon\'s chartered accountant Muthuswami Krishnamurthy.
The fraud, that took place between November 1, 2007, and July 31, 2009, had come to light during the audit of the two projects -- Neelkanth Palacia and Neelkanth IT Park.
The company had found that the cost of the projects had been inflated with the submission of fake bills and tampering of records. The company also found that the good quality material had been sold as scrap.
The Pune police booked six employees of Vascon Engineers Limited for allegedly committing a financial fraud to the tune of Rs 34.82 crore.
Matthuswami Krishnamurty (51) of Vascon Engineers has lodged the complaint in this case at the Bund Garden police station. The suspects include company\'s vice-president Manoj Kallur (48), project in-charge Madhav Kalgavekar, project manager Arvind Gangabaksha Singh, time-keeper Dattatraya Gaikwad and billing engineer Rahul Sonwane.
Police arrested Kallur, following a complaint lodged by Krishnamurthy, who looks after the legal and financial matters of the company.
Police said while working on different posts between November 1, 2007 and July 31, 2009, the suspects allegedly conspired and misused their position to commit a financial fraud to the tune of Rs 34.82 crore by showing more expenses for certain work without taking prior permission from the company.
All the six suspects have been booked under Sections 420, 4662, 467, 477 (a), 405, 407, 408, 415, 418, 201, 120 (b), 34 of the Indian Penal Code. Senior police inspector Ukhaji Sonwane is investigating the case.