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Industrialist Pawan Ruia arrested on charges of theft of railway equipments in West Bengal

Industrialist Pawan Ruia
arrested on charges of theft of railway equipments in West Bengal
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Ruia Group Chairman Pawan Ruia was today arrested by West Bengal CID from his New Delhi residence in connection with a complaint of theft lodged by railways last month, as per a news report by an agency.

Ruia was arrested from his residence in Sundar Nagar area in the national capital this morning, a senior CID officer said.

Ruia was arrested on the basis of complaint of Railways ministry regarding theft of its goods worth Rs 50 crore which went missing from the Jessop factory premises in Dum Dum in the city, the officer said.

He has been booked under IPC sections 420 (cheating), 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust) and 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), the officer said.

The Railways had filed an FIR with the Dum Dum Police Station after an inspection team found several equipment and coaches worth Rs 50 crore were missing from the factory premises at Dum Dum.

The CID had summoned Ruia four times in the past in connection with its probe into a theft case in the Jessop factory in Dum Dum where a fire had broken out on October 17.

A Special Investigating Team was formed by the CID to probe the theft at the factory premises.

Ruia had moved Calcutta High Court which refused to stay proceedings against him in connection with the case filed by the CID following the fire and directed him to cooperate in the investigation.

Ruia had moved the High Court seeking quashing of the case filed against him by CID, claiming he is not the chairman of Jessop and he is neither the director nor a shareholder, or an occupier of Jessop and Co Ltd or any of its premises.

Former workers of the factory had alleged that the fire was part of a "conspiracy by a third party" following which the West Bengal government ordered a CID probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, Ruia group spokesperson said, "Pawan Ruia does not hold any position in Jessop & Co Ltd. He is neither a director, nor a shareholder of the company. He is not even an occupier of any Jessop premises. We fail to understand how can he be dragged into the case. We will contest all the charges brought against him at proper legal forum".

The Bengal government had passed a bill to takeover Dunlop and Jessop earlier this year and for the last eight months the state government is paying Rs 10,000 per month on an ad hoc basis.

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