Ex-Air India official charged with cheating

July 29th, 2011 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation has charged a former Air India general manager and an entertainment company with cheating the airline to the tune of Rs.14 million.

Anil Kumar Sharma was general manager in the airline’s in-flight service department when he allegedly approved fake bills of in-flight entertainment programmes supplied by Eros International Media Ltd, a CBI official said Friday.

The airline had appointed Eros to supply short video programmes for screening on its flights but the company charged for a duration more than the actual one, the CBI said.

Eros was also accused of billing the airline twice.

Sharma is accused of fraudulently approving the bills sent by Eros without verifying them, in connivance with the latter’s officials, the CBI said.

Sharma and his family members were accused of having several bank accounts and owning three bank lockers in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chandigarh.

The CBI said he recently bought a flat in Defence Colony in south Delhi.

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