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National Insurance official, 3 others jailed for forgery

A sacked divisional manager of a state insurance firm and three others have been sentenced to varying jail terms for clearing bogus insurance claim and duping the firm of Rs 1,61,500.

Special Judge N K Kaushik sentenced former DM Rajesh Kumar Kohli of the National Insurance Company Limited and owner Ashok Kumar of a fake firm Santoshi Chemicals to four years in jail.

The court also sentenced insurance firm’s surveyor Pramod Kumar Gupta and recovery agent Rakesh Modgil to three and half years each in jail.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Kumar, stipulating that the same will be payable as compensation to the NIC, if recovered from him.

According to the CBI, the four had entered into a criminal conspiracy in 1997-98 to cheat NIC of Rs 1,61,500 by inducing it to sanction the false insurance claim of non-existent firm Santoshi Chemicals.

Kumar had obtained an insurance policy for transit of 150 gunny bags of an acid from Mumbai to his fake firm in Delhi, the prosecution said adding he later filed an insurance claim saying the bags were drenched in rain and all the goods were destroyed.

The prosecution, however, added that no such order had been placed by Kumar and transporting firm Shree Durga carriers too was a fake one.

The prosecution said that Kohli had deputed Gupta to assess the loss and Gupta, in turn, gave a bogus survey report, which was accepted by Kohli.

The accused, on the other hand, had said that they were innocent and had been falsely implicated in the case.
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