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Disproportionate assets case: CBI nails Customs officer who ‘faked’ death

Sources in the CBI said that the officer faked his death to “have his family avail of the pension”.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a chargesheet against an Additional Commissioner, central excise and customs department in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) case Friday before a special CBI court, Ahmedabad.

This, after it received a ‘death certificate’ last year, of the officer, which it found to be fake on investigation.

According to CBI officers, the chargesheet has been filed against Ali Akbar Taherally who was last posted as Additional Commissioner, central excise and customs department, in Vadodara for cheating, forgery to be read with conspiracy and sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

CBI said that the officer’s wife has also been named in the chargesheet.

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Sources in the CBI said that the officer faked his death to “have his family avail of the pension”.

The chargesheet filed before a special CBI judge in Ahmedabad district court has alleged that the 1989 batch IRS officer Taherally as Additional Commissioner amassed assets worth Rs 2.9 crore during the check period between January 2005 and October 2013 against his actual income of Rs 54.76 lakh while the expenditure was about Rs 33.45 lakh.

“He and his wife (Fatima Bhagat) were allegedly holding two PAN-Cards each. The accused had also opened bank account in the name of his late father and the same was used for benami investments in mutual funds. All the assets were acquired as investment in shares and mutual funds only,” CBI said in a press release.

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The release states that Taherally went on leave by the end of January, 2014 and moved an last application for extension of leave in June 2014. CBI sources said that the accused officer ducked most of the summons issued against and he still remains “absconding.”

“Suddenly, in 2015 a Death Certificate in his name was allegedly received by his department which was purported to be issued on 12th January, 2015 from Arrah, Bihar showing his date of death as 08.05.2014. However, during investigation this Death Certificate has been found to be fake,” CBI said.
In 2004, an internal inquiry was initiated against him in Vadodara after which he was penalised by a pay cut.

First published on: 27-02-2016 at 03:51:02 am
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