Mumbai Police’s Economic Crime Unit (EOW) has been entrusted with the investigation. ₹7.23 crore fraud has been perpetuated by replacing the powerful engines of coastal patrol boats with old and poor engines.
It is alleged that the three maintenance contractors, along with some government officials, have been involved in fraud by removing the powerful engines of coastal police boats and replacing them with old, malicious engines. Some of the boats were later handed over to these private companies for repair and maintenance.
Sunil Ramanand, Additional Director (Information Technology and Transport) of Maharashtra Police filed an FIR at the Chatushringi police station in Pune last month, where the case was first shifted to Sevri police station in Mumbai. Now, the EOW investigates the case.
FIR (which has a copy of HT) has been named Ratnakar Dandekar, Managing Director of Aquarius Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. and its other unidentified officers and personnel, concerned officers and personnel of Goa Shipyard Pvt. Ltd. and Brilliant Seagull Pvt. Ltd. and unknown government officials.
No one has been arrested yet.
The Center has supplied twenty-eight patrol boats manufactured by Goa Shipyard Pvt Ltd to strengthen Mumbai’s coastal security after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which Pakistani terrorists reached the city by sea. In 2011-12, the state government purchased 29 more such boats for coastal security and patrolling.
In August 2018, a new maintenance contractor told the government that the engines on the boats had been replaced during previous maintenance contracts. Following this, the state government ordered an inquiry on January 1, 2021, by the Corruption Control Force (ACB).
The Additional Director General, ACB held a hearing and submitted the report on March 30, 2021. Based on the results of the ACB hearing, the government has directed and recommended to the Maharashtra DGP to take further legal action.
On February 16, 2022, the DGP instructed the ADG (IT and Transport) to file a civil suit against the guilty and to sue in civil court for damages caused by fraud.
According to the police complaint, from 2014 to 2019, the contract for the maintenance and repair of 29 patrol boats was awarded to Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL), which sub-leased 16 boats to Aquarius Shipyard Pvt Ltd and 13 boats to Brilliant Seagull. Pvt
It added that Dandekar’s ASPL was not effective in carrying out the maintenance and repair of boats between 2018-19. In spite of this, it has obtained a work order extension for engine maintenance and overhaul of boats from Goa Shipyard Private Limited.
The FIR said contractors had removed the original, powerful engines of the patrol boats and installed the old and weak engines and charged the government to install the new engines and were charged for illegal profits at the cost of the new engines. States.
The FIR states that “the bulk / powerhead assembly of the old and used imported engines / engines in all 12 boats has been deliberately implemented and the payment has been received and defrauded by the government at the market rate of new engines.”
Dandekar’s company used the manpower of Brilliant Seagull Private Limited to rebuild old and weak engines. The police complaint states that Brilliant Seagull Pvt Ltd objected to Dandekar supplying the old engines to the boats, although the FIR states that Dandekar had used old and weak engines to fit the boats.