Misapropriation of ammunition: CBI registers 4 cases against persons linked with Rifle Associations in Kerala
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered four cases on the orders of Kerala High Court (in WP(C) No.35696 /2015) against certain persons who were officials of Rifle Association in Kerala and others on the allegation of illegal procurement of ammunition and its misuse.
In the first case, it has been alleged that unknown accused persons had registered an association in the name of Kerala State Rifle Association on 31 July 2008 by using forged documents at the Aalapuzha Registrar Office.
In the second case, it has been alleged that the accused while holding the position as then Secretary of Kottayam District Rifle Association from 8 June 2009 to 25 February 2013 had not maintained proper records for the purchase of ammunition for the Association and its utilization. There were alleged discrepancies in the procurement and use of the ammunition as per the records maintained by the accused. It was revealed that through misappropriation, he had caused loss of ammunitions to the tune of 1.5 lakh rounds.
In the third case, it has been alleged that the accused while working as then Secretary of Kerala State Rifle Association had violated the provisions of Arms Act 1959 by having in possession a large number of prohibited ammunition of different caliber which was part of the ammunition procured by Kerala State Rifle Association from National Rifle Association for shooting practice and shooting competition of the teams participating in the recently concluded National Games.
In the fourth case, it has been alleged that the accused while working as then Secretary of Palakkad District Rifle Association on 19 August 2015 had procured 11500 rounds of ammunition as loan from then Secretary of Kerala State Rifle Association and this ammunition was later returned by the accused. It was further alleged that there was no authentication for this transaction as KSRA was not having Arms license was not allowed to possess ammunition and as such they could not lend ammunition to the accused.
CBI took over the investigation of the said cases which were earlier registered by Kerala Police under relevant sections of Arms Act and IPC.