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LTC Scam: Delhi Court to pass order on sentence on Sept 3 against convicts including ex-MP Anil Sahni, others

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The Rouse Avenue Court on Wednesday fixed September 3, 2022, for order on sentence against former Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Kumar Sahni (presently RJD MLA, Bihar) and two others in Leave Travel Concession (LTC) scam case which was investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Court on the last date had convicted Ajay Kumar Sahni and two others for the offence of criminal conspiracy and commission of the substantive offences reserved in the case.

Special Judge MK Nagpal on Wednesday noted the arguments on the sentence and listed the matter for orders on sentence on September 9, 2022.

Written submissions along with case law, if any, on behalf of all the parties be filed by lunch hours on September 2, 2022, said the court On the last date, while passing the judgement court had said, “it is held that the prosecution has also been successful in establishing its charge for the said substantive offences as framed against Anil Kumar Sahni. In view of the discussion, all three accused persons Anil Kumar Sahani, N.S.

Nair and Arvind Tiwari are being held guilty and convicted for the offence of criminal conspiracy punishable U/S 120B r/w 420/471 IPC and also r/w Section 13 (1) (d) r/w 13 (2) of the PC Act.

Apart from the above, Anil Kumar Sahni is also being held guilty and convicted for the commission of the substantive offences punishable under Sections 201 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 420 r/w 511 IPC, 471 IPC as well as under Sections 15 r/w 13 (1) (d) r/w 13 (2) of the PC Act.

Arguments on the point of sentence to be held on August 31, 2022, said the Court. According to the CBI chargesheet filed in 2015, Anil Kumar Sahani, a JD (U) MP from Bihar and others in the alleged LTC scam that broke out in 2013 caused a loss of Rs 23.71 lakh to the exchequer.

Besides Sahani, others named in the CBI charge sheet were Anup Singh Panwar, an employee of Delhi-based Air Cruise Travels Private Limited, N S Nair, then Office Superintendent (Traffic), Air India and Arvind Tiwari, a private person.

The charge sheet was filed in the designated CBI court under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Indian Penal Code which included criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and abuse of official position.

According to the CBI, during the investigation, it was found that Sahani in conspiracy with other persons allegedly used forged e-tickets and fake boarding passes to defraud Rajya Sabha to the tune of Rs 23.71 lakh as travel and dearness allowance reimbursement without performing the actual journey.

CBI registered the case in 2013 against Sahani and others on the allegations of claiming reimbursement from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat on the basis of forged air tickets and boarding passes in order to cheat the government.

The case was referred to the CBI by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

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