IRS officer Ashutosh Verma, who was first booked by the CBI for allegedly helping arms dealers Suresh and Sanjeev Nanda to evade tax in exchange for Rs 30 crore, allegedly coerced a leading car supplier to buy a property in Goa, a chargesheet filed by the ED against him has alleged.
A probe by ED sleuths has revealed that during his posting in New Delhi, Verma was handling the accounts of Kashyap Motors and was their assessee. Officials said he allegedly sought help from them in exchange for certain favours.
The senior IRS officer, who was jailed in 2008, is presently posted as joint commissioner. He was chargesheeted by the CBI in 2012 after which the ED registered a money laundering case against him.
During the probe, two properties allegedly bought by Ashutosh from the proceeds of crime were identified. The first, a beach resort, is said to be worth Rs 4.4 crore and is situated in Goa’s Morgim village. The second property was bought in Para in Goa, allegedly by coercing Kashyap Motors. Its value is claimed to be Rs 20 lakh.
The ED probe revealed that the payment for the purchase of the properties was made in a circuitous manner using a Kolkata-based firm and that the resorts were being held under a different name.
The ED also examined allegations that Ashutosh set up a company in the US to funnel out money from India. The company, called Geiper, was structurally identical to jailed arms dealer Abhishek Verma’s firm, Ganton, which was used to strike dubious deals with foreign defence companies for Indian contracts. Ashutosh has also been under scanner for his alleged links with Abhishek.
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