The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered a case against seven officials of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on account of corruption charges.

The case was registered under sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 409 (Breach of Trust), 420 (Cheating and Forgery), 467 (Forgery of Valuable Security), 468 (Forgery for Purpose of Cheating), and 471 (Forged Documents Used) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

As per a complaint dated October 10, a half-yearly audit conducted earlier in the month revealed that select payments made against certain vouchers were carried out without any supporting documents, bills, invoices or work orders. Furthermore, it was highlighted that an officer, in collusion with select contractors had forged officialdocuments and fraudulently misappropriated funds over Rs 5 crore and cheated HAL “with criminal and ulterior motive for his own benefits”.

More details are awaited

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