Additional Commissioner of Excise Ali Akbar Taherally was detained for interrogation after CBI sleuths swooped down on him in an operation late on Friday evening here,allegedly catching him red handed while accepting a bribe. Now,the CBI searches across his office and properties have revealed documents that show his assets running into crores,without any accounted source of commensurate income to make for the same.
CBI officials said that the exact worth of his wealth will be clear only in the coming days once a thorough scrutiny of all the documents is completed. Officials in the CBI said that they received a tip off about Taherallys unaccounted assets being worth several crores and not in keeping with his income.
A CBI officer said,Taherally is in possession of properties worth several crores,not concurring with his self-declaration made in a statement of immovable properties he possesses in January 2013,where he mentioned that he owned no property either by self or in the name of a relation or servant or even by inheritance.
The search at Taherallys office in Vadodara and home in Vapi brought to the CBIs attention several documents related to property and land deals; cash was also recovered from both the premises.
A CBI officer said,We have come across clues that reveal properties are also owned by and in possession of Taherallys close relatives and he has not declared this in his official statement. We have frozen bank accounts of Taherallys family members too,as part of the probe. CBI officials said that Taherally and his family had accounts in 11 banks that have been frozen. The transactions are being scrutinised.
In 2004,Taherally was penalised by the Central Vigilance Commission with reduction of pay by two stages for a period of three years. Currently,Taherally belongs to the grade of officers receiving a basic salary of Rs 40,000 and a grade pay of under Rs 10,000.