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eow: Ship Cos Fit Police Boats With Old Engines In 7 Crore Fraud | Bombay News

Mumbai: The Economic Crimes Wing (EOW) has opened an investigation into a case in which several shipyard companies and their officials are accused of installing old engines in many fast police patrol boats. The accused showed the old engines as new, claimed invoices and caused a loss of Rs 7.23 crore to the government.
Sunil Ramanand, the additional director general of police, had filed a complaint with the Pune police about the scam. The case was transferred to Sewree Police Station and then to the EOW.
The EOW will now summon the persons concerned to record their statements and will also collect all documents related to the case.
Police sources said that after the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008, the Center donated 28 coastal patrol speedboats/interceptors to the state. In addition to this, the state government had purchased 29 boats for security and patrols.
The patrol boats were placed under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police (coastal security). These patrol boats covered the coastal areas of Ratnagiri, Navi Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Mumbai, Palghar, Visar-Virar and Mira-Bhayandar.
In August 2020, police learned that some engines were different from the original engines. The state has instructed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conduct an investigation. In March 2021, the ACB submitted its report and it was forwarded to the DGP for further action.
The ACB investigation revealed that during the years 2014 and 2019, the annual maintenance work of 29 vessels was contracted out to a ship maintenance work company. This company subcontracted the work to two different companies. These companies allegedly installed old imported engines in many motorboats instead of new engines and submitted invoices for new engines, causing a loss to the state.
Officials of four ship maintenance companies and some unnamed government officials were convicted under Section 177 (providing false information), Section 197 (issuing or signing false certificate), Section 406 (penalty for breach of trust), Section 409 (criminal offence). breach of trust by a public official or by a banker, merchant or agent), Article 420 (cheating and dishonest inducement to deliver goods), among other ICC Articles.