CID investigating Jessop Factory account books

Sources in the CID said Ruia — who was arrested in New Delhi on Saturday — had not been giving “relevant” answers during interrogation.

West Bengal CID arrests Industrialist Pawan Ruia on Indian Railways complaint. The Ruia Group chairman was summoned by the CID four times in the past in this connection

Kolkata: The CID on Tuesday started tallying Ruia Group’s Jessop factory’s balance sheet with the statements made by Pawan Kumar Ruia, its owner.

Sources in the CID said Ruia — who was arrested in New Delhi on Saturday — had not been giving “relevant” answers during interrogation. “Now, we are questioning him, keeping all possible documents as evidence. He has also been interrogated on the basis the statements made by the CEO of Jessop factory, Askhok Agarwal, who has also been arrested in the case,” said an official.

“Ruia is a chartered accountant and hence, we interrogated him on audit reports,” he added.

The Calcutta High Court had set up a committee to take stock of the equipment belonging to the Railways Ministry at the Jessop factory on December 16. Officials are likely to take Ruia along to reconstruct how equipment were lifted and taken out of the premises, said sources.

“We will be checking stock of Railway properties on Thursday. Authorities from the Railways and police would also be there with us. We will visit and scrutinise each part of the factory and then submit a report,” said a panel member. Agency officials hope to get “some good lead” in the case.

North-24 Parganas district magistrate, ADG (CID) and director stores (Railway) would be part of the inspection team.

Ruia was arrested on the basis of a complaint that the Railways Ministry had filed at the Dum Dum police station, alleging that its inspection team had found several equipment and coaches worth Rs 50 crore missing from the factory.

Ruia’s firm had a Railways contract to build air-conditioned rakes.

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