By A Newsman
Kolkata, 10 December: BENGAL CID has arrested Jessop & Company owner and Ruia Group chairman Pawan Ruia. A CID team from Kolkata went to New Delhi and arrested the industrialist from his residence in the Capital today morning.
Preliminary information state that Ruia has been arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged by the Indian Railways over misappropriation of Rs 50-crore worth raw materials and spares that they had provided to Jessop & Company for manufacture of rail wagons.
Ruia has now been taken to the Delhi airport and would be flown into Kolkata by today evening. He will be produced before the Bakshall court in Kolkata tomorrow.
In a letter to Bengal chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee in October, Indian Railways’ executive director (stores) had urged him to find out if the raw materials and spares were there as the Bengal Assembly had earlier this year passed a Bill to takeover the Jessop factory at Dum Dum. The Bill is awaiting President’s consent.
Acting on the communique, a joint team of the Railways and Bengal CID visited the factory in November but found out that most of the items worth Rs 50 crore were missing. CID then registered a fresh FIR against Ruia for cheating and misappropriation of government property. He has now been arrested in this connection.
Bengal government believes that the thefts and repeated arson at the Jessop factory were deliberate to completely ruin the 196-year-old factory with an eye on its 67-acre prime land.
Dum Dum police had on 17 October registered a suo motu FIR against Ruia and others under Indian Penal Code sections 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 434 (mischief by destroying or moving, etc., a land-mark fixed by public authority), and 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to cause damage).
After this, CID issued four notices to Ruia asking him to come over for questioning at Bhavani Bhavan on 26 October, 28 October, 02 November, and 04 November. But on every occasion, he ignored the notice.