Chandigarh: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has widened its probe into the Niper scam, scanning the alleged irregularities in appointments, wrongful extension and non-reporting of theft of scientific instruments.
Sources said a few accused were grilled at the CBI headquarters in Sector 30 but they failed to supply relevant documents. Some of the officials transferred on promotions were summoned for questioning.
The nine accused officials were former director Prof (Dr) P Ramarao, Bhutani, Waraich, finance and accounts officer M Jose, former registrar Bhupinder Singh, section officer (budget and accounts) Hardeep Singh, former deputy registrar Rajesh Moza, head of department of pharmaceutical department Prof Arvind Bansal and former dean Saranjeet Singh.
Though initial complaints were filed by three sacked Niper professors Parikshit Bansal, Nilanjan Roy and Neeraj Kumar, the CBI lodged an FIR on a secret information, making the three supporting witnesses in the case. Sources said statements of the three were recorded to establish misappropriation of funds. Sources said before lodging the case, Bhutani was questioned at length in connection with all allegations levelled against him.