Top EPFO officer suspended
Sudhakar Babu was earlier posted in Hyderabad as Additional Central PF Commissioner. He was later posted as Additional Central PF Commissioner of Karnataka and Goa states. Babu was suspended Friday evening based on a request by the CBI which had filed an FIR last September against Babu and four regional PF commissioners — G R Suchindernath, K S Arya, A Ravi Kumar, and S S Shastry. “Sudhakar Babu is the main accused in the case, we had sent a request to the ministry. The investigation is still going on, it is a very lengthy process,’’ CBI SP H Venkatesh said on Sunday.
According to the FIR, in March 2006 these five PF officers, conducted raids at various locations of Chaitanya Group of Institutions in Andhra Pradesh and allegedly found discrepancies in depositing the PF of about Rs 72 crore with the EPFO. Chaitanya Group was allegedly deducting PF from salaries of about 4,500 employees but was either not crediting it to their PF accounts or was crediting lesser amounts or crediting PF accounts of only a few employees. The PF officers calculated that about Rs 72 crore was due from Chaitanya Group to the EPFO. As part