CBI charges three MPs in connection with Leave Travel Concession forgery case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered cases against three sitting and three former MPs in connection with the Leave Travel Concession (LTC) scam in which travel reimbursements were allegedly claimed through forged bills.
CBI sources said three sitting MPs - D Bandopadhyay of Trinamool Congress, Brajesh Pathak of BSP and Lalhming Liana of Mizo National Front - have been named along with some travel agents in the cases registered by the agency.
Former Rajya Sabha members JPN Singh (BJP), Mahmood A Madani (Rashtriya Lok Dal) and Renu Pradhan (Biju Janata Dal) were among the other accused.
The CBI conducted raids at 10 locations in Delhi and Orissa at the premises of politicians and some travel agents who have been named in the case
The investigating agency carried out searches at 10 places in Delhi and Odisha at the premises of politicians and some travel agents who have been named in the case.
Sources said the agency has found some more instances of alleged criminality during scrutiny of documents recovered during the first case registered in this connection on November 1 last.
Sources said MPs booked their tickets under an Air India promotional scheme where full fare economy class ticket passengers were entitled to have one ticket for their companion on nominal rates but submitted e-tickets of full fare for claiming reimbursement.
In the first FIR in the LTC scam, the CBI booked JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Anil Kumar Sahani for allegedly siphoning off around Rs 9.5 lakh by presenting fake air tickets and boarding passes.
The scam came to light after the vigilance department of Air India (AI) was alerted about the arrest of a man at Kolkata airport last year in March with 600 blank boarding passes of the airline in his possession.
Reacting to the naming of his party colleague D Bandopadhyay in the scam, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said in a tweet, "This is a racket run by corrupt travel agencies... my colleague is innocent. But we will cooperate to bust travel agency scam."
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