Nagpur: The sensational bogus ticket scam at PVR Multiplex had got bared in the year 2014. But amazingly, the official circle is bereft of information regarding action initiated against the scamsters who dented State revenue in crores. The files are reportedly missing or gathering dusts. The Empress Mall-based PVR Multiplex is biggest multiplex cinema hall in the city.
Started on August 15, 2012, the multiplex has five screens with one screen theatre having 1234 sitting capacity. The Manager of the multiplex himself had lodged a complaint with Ganeshpeth Police Station on March 4, 2014 regarding sale of bogus tickets. The complaint had stated that fake tickets worth Rs 29,000 were printed on February 8. After the matter came to light, the management of the multiplex initiated action against five employees involved in the crime and sacked them.
The Revenue Department coming under Divisional Commissioner too started an in-depth investigation into the scam. The officials questioned the Manager Anwar Khan who had reportedly tried to hide the matter on the other hand another Manager Dominic D’Souza had provided full information the Divisional Commissioner’s office. The Revenue Department, in a rough assessment, calculated loss of approximate Rs 34.86 crore to State coffers assuming sell of bogus tickets worth Rs 29,000 per day from April 4, 2014 till to date.
However, shockingly, the concerned officials are aware of the bogus ticket scam but are totally blank about any action initiated against the perpetrators. The files of the scam and other related details have never been made public. For the record, the files were sent to the Divisional Commissioner Anoop Kumar on April 5, 2014. The files were later forwarded to the office of District Collector. However, what happened afterwards is under darkness.