The police on Tuesday booked a former senior executive of Royal Enfield for allegedly misusing his position to influence dealers under his supervision into hiring some of his relatives.
The police said the executive, who was a former zonal manager (northern region), was further accused of misappropriating funds, to the tune of several lakhs of rupees, of the company.
The accused allegedly allowed at least three vendors to raise excessive and inflated credit claims against alleged service camps organised for customers.
The complaint filed by JS Lamba, head-legal, Royal Enfield (RE), stated that in his designation as zonal manager (northern region), the man was in charge of supervising the Royal Enfield dealer network and responsible for overseeing ‘service camps’ and to approve costs.
Lamba said that an internal checking of the company’s accounts had revealed certain discrepancies.
The FIR stated, “The accused misused his position to ensure appointment of his relatives with RE dealers. The accused further allowed three specific vendors to raise excessive and inflated credit claims against alleged ‘service camps’ being organised for RE customers. The accused may have taken blank letter heads from dealers to file false, fabricated forged credit claims.”
The police said the vendors were from Ajmer in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Rewari in Haryana.
The police added that according to the complainant firm, the accused regularly sought “inflated credit claims” from them and he then approved the said inflated credit claims to obtain excess amounts from the aforesaid dealerships in cash.
“The accused person was issued a termination letter on October 8, 2018 for violating the company code of conduct. The matter is under police investigation,” Lamba said.
“We are looking into the allegations made by the complainant company and the matter is being investigated,” Sadar station house officer (SHO) Dalbir Singh said.
A case was registered against the accused under sections 406 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will etc.) 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code at Sadar police station.