A Central Excise Department superintendent and an alleged middleman were on Tuesday remanded in CBI custody for four days after being arrested for demanding a bribe of Rs 60 lakh from two mobile phone importers.
Central Excise Department Superintendent Lallan Ojha and alleged middleman Hemant Gandhi were produced before Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh who said further investigation was required in the case.
The judge said the accused were required to be questioned about the documents collected by the CBI so far. Also,some more accused in the case,including Central Excise Delhi-I Commissioner Anup Kumar Srivastava,who is undergoing treatment in a hospital here,are yet to be arrested.
According to CBI sources,after the case was registered,Srivastava got admitted in a private hospital in the capital,where he underwent an angioplasty.
This case is of a serious nature. As per the allegation,negotiations were being held on behalf of public servants by the middleman with other persons for securing a bribe for not taking any action in pursuance to a raid by the Central Excise Department, the court said.
Seeking custody for seven days to interrogate them,the CBI said Gandhi was in close contact with Srivastava,Ojha and other Excise Department officials and was acting as a middleman to obtain bribe from the businessmen.
The CBI alleged that Ojha had conducted a raid along with other officials at the godown of mobile phone importers Dalip Aggarwal and Anand Aggarwal and conspired with Srivastava,Gandhi and others to take a bribe of Rs 60 lakh for hushing up the matter.
The agency said no documentation about the raid was done and Gandhi received Rs 20 lakh in the form of a cheque issued by Anand Aggarwal on December 30.
Hemant Gandhi made a detailed disclosure of the whole conspiracy showing involvement of Srivastava,Ojha and himself. He also admitted collecting Rs 20 lakh from Anand Aggarwal at the instance of Srivastava and Ojha. A cheque of this amount has been recovered from him, the CBI told the court.
Former ED official,wife get three years in prison
A former Enforcement Directorate official and his wife have been sentenced to three years in jail after they were found to have assets amounting to thrice their legal income. The couple was also running a hotel in Dalhousie.
A special CBI court in the Karkardooma courts complex here also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 each on the 67-year-old former ED Assistant Director D L Vaid and his wife Kamlesh Vaid,63.
According to the CBI,Vaid had joined the ED as assistant enforcement officer in 1971 and was promoted as enforcement officer in 1976 and then again as chief enforcement officer in June 1987. In December 1994,the CBI said,he was promoted as assistant director and remained posted in Delhi Zone till May 1995. He acquired acquired most of his wealth between 1987 and 1995. The accused were given ample opportunity to explain the source of their income but they failed to give any reasonable explanation that accounts for the assets acquired by them, the judge said.