DRI official held for asking Rs 50 lakh as graft – Tribune News Service – New Delhi, September 19, 2005.

May 30, 2006

DRI official held for asking Rs 50 lakh as graft – Tribune News Service – New Delhi, September 19, 2005.

MR. S.K. SINHA, THE J.D., DRI TOOK MANY FAVOURS FROM ME -LIKE HE USED MY ZEN CAR FOR HIS BROTHER, MR. BRENAY SINHA FROM 14/05/2003 FOR ABOUT A MONTH, AND THE DRIVER AND CAR WERE GOING DAILY TO HIS BROTHER'S HOUSE AT – NO. 2, ESI HOSPITAL CAMPUS, SECTOR 15, ROHINI. TEL. # 98-182-28729. THIS WAS ON THE INSTRUCTIONS OF A PRESENT DAY s.i.o IN THE DRI, I WILL DISCLOSE PROOFS AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME.

LIES OF DRI AND THE FACTS

I did not accede to the demand of bribe of DRI officials made through their touts and on 14th Oct., 2003, complained to the M.O.S. for Finance, the Chairman, CBEC, and others about this extortion threat (Annexure 1). I believe that the officers behind the threat were:-

 

1)                Mr. Nitish Birdi, Deputy Director, DRI.

2)               
Mr. S.C. Ganger, Deputy Director, DRI.

3)                Mr. S.K. Sinha, Joint Director, DRI,

4)                Mr. R.K. Singh, Addl. Director General, DRI,

5)                Mr. S.S. Rana – the Customs official. Posted in Moscow 2003-2004.

 

As a result of my complaint, they became more furious, and not only did they raid my residence and office they also manhandled me. They took away many items from my residence and office, without even mentioning in the Panchnama – a flagrant violation of Law. In my letter (annexure 2), I protested the unauthorized seizure without a mention in the Panchnama.

 

I started following up my complaint with the senior officers of the revenue ministry. To cover up for their lapses, they leveled false and unsubstantiated allegations against me. Can you believe that they even went to the extent of filing false affidavits in the courts?

 

 

Lies of the DRI

My Explanation

1.

That my foreign buyers did not exist.

To support their claim, they have referred to a letter dt. 29.04.2004 received from the Indian embassy official in
Moscow, Mr. S.S. Rana (on deputation from the customs department)  (Annexure 3).

 

Contrary to Mr. S.S. Rana’s letter, my buyers very much existed in
Russia, as is clear from the Russian customs letter (Annexure 4 & 5), Mr. Rana’s letter appears to be with malicious intentions as it appears that it is based on a fictitious letter said to have been received from the Russian customs.

My buyer’s existence is clear from the aforesaid Russian custom’s letter. The letter clearly states that my buyer, Europa Torg, existed since 1998.

Other buyers have also sent me documentary evidences in support of their existence and import activities since 1998, and those evidences were given to DRI in 2003, and 2004.

DRI has neither any substantial proof of non-existence of my buyers, nor any conclusive proof of diversion of goods. They have based their charges on hearsay alone. Though I am not required, as per  law, to respond to charges based merely on hearsay, still I have produced enough evidence to prove existence of buyers and delivery of goods into Russia

 

2.

They had filed false affidavits in the court that they had never issued any red alert to any customs authority against registration of my DEPB licences, etc. (Annexure 6)

 

DRI had issued red alert notice to various customs posts, as is clear from the letter of the Asstt. Commr. Of Customs (Annexure 7).

I had placed this fact on record in my rejoinder in the
Delhi High Court case no. W.P. (Crl.) 832/2004 and my lawyers are looking into the possibility of filing a perjury case against the erring officials of the DRI before an appropriate court.

 

3.

That my exported goods never entered
Russia.

To support their claim they have relied upon :

a) the letter of Mr. S.S. Rana, that my buyers did not exist, as pointed in point 1, above.

b) Statements taken under         duress stating that goods reached
Finland (and assumed by DRI that they never entered
Russia).

c)
Finland carrier (shipment handler / transporter) could not be contacted, just because e-mails supposedly sent from the personal e-mail I.D. of the officer did not go through.(Annexure 8)

All my exported goods meant for Russia had entered Russia, as is evident from the letter of Russian customs (Annexure 9), letter from the forwarding agents of Finland (Annexure 10), and letter of the Finland Customs (Annexure 11).

a)    Already explained in point no. 1 above.

b)    Letter of
Finland Cutoms deptt. Annexed as page 615, 616 & 617 to the SCN clearly states that all my enquired shipments have entered
Russia. And DRI has, for reasons best known to them enquired about some of the shipments, as mentioned in annexure 12, as ours, while in fact those were never my exports. Some of the shipments that they have enquired from
Finland were actually sent through SAM Aviation, whose fight was operated by Eastline, and ended in
Russia
. (Certificate enclosed).

c)     The e-mail appears to have been manipulated in such a way that it did not reach the company in Finland, as is evident from the letter submitted by the carrier with the Indian Embassy in Helsinki as per legal procedure, clearly stating that they had carried all the shipments into Russia. (Annexure 13), and there was no diversion of goods.

 

4.

That I engaged in money laundering.

They have relied upon unsubstantiated statements extracted from my ex-employees.

 

All the statements were taken in typical DRI style under duress. Employees don’t have the capacity to withstand the 3rd degree interrogation, and they have nothing to lose by making a false statement as per the convenience of the DRI officials. There is no evidence of money laundering.

This is particularly false because all the shipments being referred to by DRI were done against Letters of credit issued by the apex bank of Russia, BFFEA, and the payments having been received through the apex bank of India, the RBI.

 

5.

That I shipped out goods from
India before the opening of the L.C., which according to DRI is not permitted by RBI as per FERA regulations

Shipment of goods before the registration of the L.C. was not always done, and in all the cases, it was approved by the RBI, post-export. This was primarily done for commercial reasons, and it never caused any loss to India, if the goods were exported before the date of registration of L.C., information was always provided to the RBI in the claim form sent to them, and in most of the cases, I obtained specific permission from the RBI (that file was seized by the DRI on 15th Oct., 2003). I am attaching herewith copies of similar permissions given to other exporters (Annexure 14, 15).

6.

That signatures on some of my bank realization certificates (BRC’s) pertaining to export proceeds were not those of the bank officers (and as such the bank realization certificates were forged). And since these certificates were forged, Duty drawback was not admissible on the same.

 

As regards the BRC’s, said to have been forged, even the DRI official, Mr. B.K. Thaplial agreed in the court of ASJ, New Delhi that all the contents of the said BRC’s were correct, and that all the export proceeds have been in received through banking channels. The BRC is not an essential document for claiming Duty Drawback, and it was only for our records that we obtained it from the bank, to be showed to any Govt. department, as and when required. However truth about the signatures can be found out only after a thorough enquiry, and I have in no way benefited on account of the said difference in signatures. The enquiry should ascertain weather the export proceeds were credited in my bank account or not, and weather the same were received through regular and approved banking channels or not. If I am not benefiting in any way by forging the BRCs then why would I do that?

 

Vindictive and damaging attitude of the DRI officials is evident from the following:-

 

1)  They seized my original unrealized export documents, which has caused me a direct loss of more than Rs. 4 crores.

·        Despite the High Court orders dated 24.11.2004, to return the documents, the documents were not retuned (Annexure  ).

·        DRI gave an undertaking before the hon’ble High Court of
Delhi
on 24.11.2004 (Annexure 16) that they will return the original documents within a fortnight STILL they did not return the documents. My lawyers are exploring the possibility of filing a contempt of Court case before the hon’ble High Court.

 

2)  I had plans to go to
Italy on 16th Oct., 2003
(Annexure 12) and since the DRI was tapping my phone, they knew that I was scheduled to leave. They raided my premises and prevented me from traveling. Their action was merely to cause me a substantial business loss as I had plans to set up a factory for producing high quality knitwear produced on machines imported from
Italy.

 

3)  I traveled to the
US on 15/01/2004. Since I was following up on my charges against the DRI officers even from
USA, DRI, in order to arrest me on arrival, issued a red alert at all the entry points in
India. I came to know of it, and to protect my life, postponed my return, and it was only after
Delhi High Court’s intervention and relief (Annexure 17), that I returned on 21st May, 2004. I appeared in the court of the ACMM,
New Delhi
, and was granted regular bail. The DRI requested for the seizure of my passport. Their request was turned down by the learned ACMM. More than 13 DRI officers, including Mr. Nitish Birdi, Mr. Parashar, Mr. B.K. Thaplial, Mr. Sharma (Driver), Mr. Vinod were present inside the court. It appears that there were also some professional goons with them. Before I could sign the bail bond, the DRI officials and their goons tried to physically kidnap me from the within the courtroom so that I can’t sign the bail bond. I was dragged for a long distance. Luckily for me the lawyers present in the court decided to protect me and the LAW and intervened. DRI officials couldn’t take me away but I suffered severe injuries in the process. I went to hospital for treatment and got a Medical report, the same is attached (Annexure 18).

4)    They seized and destroyed all the vital business data pertaining to the past 18 years, since I started the business activities, contained in one of my office computers. At that time, I was in
USA
. The officer who made the seizure reported that the computer contained “incriminating data” (copy of Panchnama attached as annexure). Later DRI has claimed that we had punctured the Hard disc of the computer. How is it possible for someone to puncture the hard disc when they have seized it with “incriminating data”? When I went to give my statement to DRI office, Mr. B.K. Thaplial, mockingly told me that they had punctured the disc. He said that I will soon know the consequences of my filing complaints against DRI officials.  He also told me to assess the loss to my business I will never be able to recover that data. He also told me that if I didn’t mend my ways then he and Mr. Nitish Birdi will ensure that my other computers also meet the same fate before being returned to me.

5)    DRI officials have treated all my business associates so badly and even before I am convicted, they have dubbed me as “having committed an export fraud”, and have beaten up my business associates, and suppliers, thereby causing me an irreparable damage (Annexure )

6)    DRI had issued red alert notice against me, which has not been withdrawn till date, and is posing a hindrance in issuance of fresh passport, which is lying ready in Delhi passport office since Oct., 2004.

7)    Although the DRI investigation was over in December 2004, when they issued show cause notice to me, they have not returned any of the material seized from my office till date, which posed problems in settling the matters with other departments like Income Tax., Sales Tax, Provident Fund, E.S.I, and payments to the suppliers, and realization from buyers. During the investigation also, they created all kinds of problems, and as a result a demand of Rs. 18 crores was raised by the Income tax department against me.

8)    DRI officials lied to the Income Tax and Sales Tax Departments also, as a result of which they too had started proceedings against me.

 

In spite of all this, I cooperated with their investigation, as and when required, and when they could not make a case against me, and were feeling insecure because of the lies told to everybody against me., and also when their arrest order was stayed by the order of the High Court (Annexure 19), they managed an order of preventive detention under COFEPOSA  against me. The said order is  based on  the lies and twisting of facts as explained above. The main motive of this order is to silence my voice once and for all, as has happened earlier also in several cases.

 

It is a case of subjective investigation, and not an objective investigation. The DRI officials had decided the results of the investigation, even before it was started.

Customs Notification (NT) No- 60/2005 dated 20.7.2005
CBEC appoints Adjudicating Authorities for many cases in Delhi

G.S.R. (E). – In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 4 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), the Central Board of Excise and Customs hereby appoints the Commissioner of Central Excise (Adjudication), New Delhi, to act as, –

(i) Commissioner of Customs, ICD, Tughlakabad, New Delhi;

(ii) Commissioner of Customs (Exports), Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust, Nhava Sheva;

(iii) Commissioner of Customs, Coimbatore; and

(iv) Commissioner of Customs, Chennai,

for the purposes of adjudicating the matters relating to Show Cause Notice pertaining to M/s Lindt Export and M/s High Tech Engineers, A-1/21, Janakpuri, New Delhi and Others, issued, vide, DRI F.No.50C/19/2003-CI, dated the 24th December, 2004, by the Additional Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, ‘D’ Block, I.P. Bhawan, 7th Floor, I.P. Estate, New Delhi.
 

[F.NO.437/3/2005-CUS.IV]

(ANUPAM PRAKASH)
UNDER SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

NEVER LOSE YOUR HONOR BY PAYING BRIBES, AND DON'T BUDGE BEFORE THE EXTORTIONIST OFFICIALS OF GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

THE DRI OFFICIALS TRIED TO KIDNAP AND MURDER ME INSIDE THE COURT PREMISES IN NEW DELHI, BUT WAS SAVED BY LAWYERS PRESENT OVER THERE. THE METROPOLITAN MAGISTRATE OF NEW DELHI ORDERED THE POLICE TO MAKE AN INQUIRY AND THE NEW DELHI POLICE REGISTERED A CASE ON 24TH MAY, 2004 ITSELF, AND THE OFFENCES OF THE DRI OFFICIALS WERE NON-BAILABLE, AND HAD IT BEEN AN ORDINARY PERSON, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN JAILED, BUT IT IS THE BEAURUCRATIC AFFINITY, WHICH GAVE THEM ALL IMMUNITY, AND ON THE CONTRARY, THE SAME DRI OFFICIALS LODGED A COUNTER FIR ON 27TH MAY, 2004, AND THE POLICE ARE HARRASSING THE WITNESSES – IS IT DEMOCRACY?

MY ADVICE – DON'T SUBMIT TO THE CORRUPT – BE BOLD, TRUTH WINS IN THE END – JAI BHARAT

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Bureaucrats are the biggest stumbling block

May 30, 2006
Bureaucrats are the biggest stumbling block
 http://www.ciol.com/content/search/showarticle1.asp?artid=84458

The law gives every Indian citizen the right to information. But, very few among even the educated people are aware of this right. Parivartan, a Delhi-based non government organization, is on the forefront of a mass awareness drive to let the common people know about their right to seek information from the government on issues that affect their lives.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Arvind Kejriwal of Parivartan spoke to Bhaskar Hazarika of CyberMedia News about this mass awareness drive and pointed out that the Indian bureaucracy was still suffering from the hangover of the British colonial rule, which governed behind a veil of secrecy.

What made you launch a mass awareness drive on the Right to Information Act?

Parivartan's primary objective is to bring about transparency in the government and eradicate corruption. Initially, the organization's main focus was on anti-corruption laws. The organization helped individuals file public interest litigations. The enactment of the Right to Information Act shifted our focus to empowering people through exercising this right. For this, we needed to first make people aware of their right to information.

How far has this movement helped in empowering the people? Are the educated people aware about this Act?

Our campaign has brought about some awareness among the people about this issue. We are mainly focusing our attention on the illiterate and semi-literate people, because it is they who have very little access to information. It is a sorry state of affair that even the educated people do not know much about the Right to Information Act.

As most poor people are illiterate or semi-literate, how do you expect them to exercise their right to information?

Literacy is an important factor in imparting education to the people. Slum areas have high degree of illiteracy mostly among women. We are taking the help of some educated people in these areas to spread awareness among the masses about the right to information. As a result of the awareness, the slum-dwellers were able to secure ration cards for their families, a right they were denied so long.

Which is the most effective way to create awareness among the masses about the Right to Information Act?

Mass media is the most effective means to spread awareness among the people. Media must carry out special campaign on the issue to make the citizens aware of their rights.

Do you think that the bureaucracy, which is so reluctant to provide information even to the educated public, would agree to share information with the poor and the illiterate?

The right empowers the people to acquire information. If a person approaches a government authority seeking information on a subject and if the authority fails to provide him with the information, the individual can approach his superior official in this regard. If the superior official too fails to satisfy the individual, he can file an appeal against the official and approach the central information commission.

The Act empowers the commission to impose a penalty on the official, and the fine imposed on him could be deducted from his salary.

What is the role of central information commission?

The central information commission has been set up to look into the grievances of the public. According to the constitution, the commission shall have 11 members. At present, the government has appointed only five members, four of who are former bureaucrats. The commission should have members from the judiciary, the legal community and eminent personalities who have held important positions in public life. Each member is appointed for a five-year tenure. Even the parliament does not have the right to remove the members.

What are the obstacles you have faced in empowering the people?

By and large, bureaucrats at various levels are still unwilling to provide information to the people. They are still not reconciled to the fact that the law has given the citizens the right to information. Above all there is little cooperation from the central information commission in this regard. As the members of this commission are former bureaucrats, they tend to act in favour of the bureaucracy.

There is an urgent need to change the process and lookout of the commission. Till now, in Delhi alone, over 15,000 applications have been filed under the RTI Act. Yet, so far, no official has been penalized for refusing to give information. If the government does not take any urgent initiative in this matter RTI Act will die a premature death.

What initiative should the government take in empowering or educating the masses?

The government should play an active role. The Act states that it is the duty of the government to educate the citizens about the right to information. We have also drafted a structure for the local self-government, which would also be effective for the urban areas. We are planning to meet chief minister Shiela Dixit to discuss the draft.

[ CyberMedia India Online Limited (CIOL)

http://www.ciol.com/ is India's first web site to focus on Information Technology.]


Threat from HN Prasad, Supdt. of Central Excise

May 30, 2006

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 07:44:46 +0530 (IST)
From: vbs@2knowclick.com
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Subject: Fwd: Threat from HN Prasad, Supdt. of Central Excise

Dear Sirs/Madam,

I have been fought with corrupts in Customs and Central Excise since
begining of my career. But it seems that the corrupts are having upper
hand and want to spoil my career.

I could nail the real culprit after the successful investigation of Export
Oriented Unit cases worth more than Rs.45 crores. He was defended by Ram
Jethmalani and Chidambaram in Delhi High Court and Supreme court on the
basis of illegally procured confidential documents. These advocates were
alleging in court that I leaked these documents and action should be taken
against me. Both senior counsel disappeared from cases when I approached
President of India requesting for enquiry.

I was investigating Rebate fraud case of Surat Central Excise while posted
in the Directorate General of Vigilance. In this case 46 central excise
officers were suspended in December 2004. Some of the senior officers who
had connived with the claimants planted a news report in a Surat
newspapaer that I was one of the most corrupt officers in the Vigilance
directorate and that I had accepted bribe from two officers for not
suspending them. This was done when the investigation was zeroing in on
them. The intention was to get me suspended by Chidambaram who otherwise
also is against me. I demanded a thorough enquiry pending and immediate
repatriation from the directorate to facilitate the same. Meanwhile I also
applied for deputaion to CBI. The directorate repatriated me on the
pretext that I am going to CBI.

The corrupt officers came heavily on me after my repatriation and one of
the officer even threatened to physically assault me and my family. I have
lodged a complaint with departmental authorities and forwading the same
for your perusal.

These officers are complaining that I had taken crores of rupees as bribe
from scamster and that I have benami properties worth crores of rupees.
Some of them have sent people to KJ Somaiya Institute of Technology and
College of Engineering, Sion, Mumbai to find out how much money I had paid
for admission of my daughter in First Year of B.E. through managemet
quota. I do not have money to pay as sch and taken the admission there
through one of my friend known to trustee without paying a single penny.

These officers are scared of me and want to scuttle my deputation to CBI.
I think they would succeed as they have money power to manipulate the
events in their favour.

I am informing all of you this as I am not sure what would appen to me in
coming days. I may also be eliminated like Satyendra Dubey one day. I have
my family in addition to families of my two brothers, who are no more in
this world, to look after. The department is not protecting me at all.

The fate of next generation is doomed if we do not protect the honest
officers of the department and ensure the stringent punishment to the
corrupts who are supported by senior bureaucrats and ministers.

Regards,
VB Singh

——-Original Message——

From: vbs@2knowclick.com
To: dgvig@cbec.gov.in,
CC: presidentofindia@rb.nic.in, cvc@alpha.nic.in, adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in, chiefcom@mumbaicustoms.gov.in, com.gen@mumbaicustoms.gov.in,
Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 17:43:40 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Threat from HN Prasad, Supdt. of Central Excise

Dear Sir,

I am VB Singh Superintentendent of Customs, Mumbai,who has been in the
Directorate of General of Vigilance, West Zonal Unit, Mumbai till
03.10.2005. I have been associated with investigation of Surat Rebate
Case. I opted out of Directoate General of Vigilance when a newsreport was
published in Saamana Newspaper of Surat alleging that I am one of the
mosrt corrupt officers in Directotarate General of Vigilance, West Zone
Unit.

HN Prasad, a Superintendent of Central Excise who was on deputation to
Valuataion Directorate till 13.10.2005 had contacted me on my mobile phone
number 09323720142 from his mobile cell number 9821867000 at arond 07.30
p.m on 13.01.2005 and informed me that I was responsible for his
relieiving from the the Directorate General of Valuation as I had
complained to the Finanace Minister about his deputation to Valuation
Directorate and that he would settle the score in future. I informed this
matter to Shri G. Ravindranath, Joint Commissioner of Vigilance, DGV,
Mumbai telephonically on 14.10.2005.

HN Prasad met me at 7.30 p.m. on 14.10.2005 at a pan shop outside the
Stopover Restaurant in Wadala (East), Mumbai and threatened me to assualt
me physically by coming to my residence as I had complained agiant him due
to which he has been trasnferred. He abused me and also asked whether I
had not complained against Alok Garg, Superintendet of Customs, Mumbai
whose case was being investigated by me while in Directorate General
Vigilance for submitting false Ex-serviceman certificate to join the
service. The scene created by HN Prasad was witnessed by many person
present there. He was with his son Abhishek and DK Sinha, Superintendent
of Central Excise, who also seems to have been repatriated. He also asked
me whether I was not corrupt and whether I had not accepted bribe. He also
abused my family by saying that my entire family is busy in complaining
against the officers of Customs and Central Excise.

It is requested to take appropriate action against HN Prasad for
threatening and abusing me and my family in public. I am ready to depose
before any enquiry being instituted in this matter so that such elements
are eradicated from the department for ever.

It is also requested to punish the officers of Directorate Genearal of
Vigiance, West Zonal Unit, Mumbai who are leaking the information of
Vigilance Directoate to officers like Prasad and thus revealing the wrong
identity of complainant. The officers of the directorate are protecting
Alok Garg from action against him for submitting false certificate of Ex-
serviceman.

Regards,
VB Singh
Supdt. of Customs (Prev.)
Mumbai


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Smt. Neerja Shah
Addl DG (VIg.)
Directorate General of Vigilance,
Customs and Central Excise
West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor,
Transport House, Poona Street, Masjid (East)
Mumbai – 40009

Phone No. (022) 22619506
Fax (022) 23703133

e-mail:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in

Sub:  SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT

Have you read the follwoing report and article?. Does this case exist in your department ? We are asking information from your department as per Right to Information Act 2005. You are asking us to come into your office. We are entitled for information from your office.

I hope Press People from all agencies take a note of this. Press persons should read your email to me which is coied at the end of this email. Thye will know what is happening.  Why you have not taken action on so many officers of Cutoms Department. Why you are allowing them to retire without any actions on them?  Are you COVERING for OFFICERS from your department ?
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SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT

By TIOL News Service

AHMEDABAD, DEC 3 : EVERY scam carries worms of destruction in its own
womb. And this is what has happened even in the case of Surat Central
Excise Commissionerate-I. The CBEC has finally granted no
administrative rebate to all those officers who are either suspected
to be involved or administratively reponsible for the multi-crore
excise rebate scam. In a decision which may lead the investigation to
reach some conclusive stage later, the MoF topbrass has given
instructions to the concerned Chief Commissioner and Commissioners to
suspend as many as 42 officers of the ranks of Superintendent and
Inspectors.

Four Group A officers have also been transferred in this connection
(See order given below). At a later date they are also likely to be
placed under suspension for their failure or suspected partial
involvement in this case. Out of 42 officers, two each are from Vapi
and Daman and the rest 38 are from Surat I.

Interestingly, highly-placed sources told TIOL that all these
suspensions are related to Rs 12.5 crore scam brought to the notice
of the Board from Surat I Commissionerate alone. A proper
investigation is pending against other Commissionerates. Then, the
moot question arises that what about those officers who may be
involved in old cases. This Rs 12.5 crore case is only for this year.
But the scam has been going on for the past two years but none
bothered to stop it. The dimension of the scam in Surat II and other
neighbouring Commissionerates could be more horrendous.

Then comes the question of what is CBEC doing to detect similar scams
in other Commissionerates in other cities. This modus operandi of
faking shipping bills and diverting goods may have spread to various
other cities as these scamsters normally have wider network and once
get caught at one place they simply move to other cities. Since the
Department has been pathetically slow in responding to this emergency
situation, a proper probe may unearth similar scams at other places.

Worse, though the department is learnt to have arrested more than 35
persons in this connection but no recovery has been made. The focus
of the preventive effort should be to recover the revenue lost rather
than putting them behind the bars. Since no revenue has been
recovered it tends to indicate that there are bigger sharks involved
in the case and the department has not made any effort to reach up to
them. Unless their financial backbone is broken these sharks would be
able to hire a battery of lawyers and may escape the dragnet of law.

Besides, the lapse on part of the field formations, the CBEC also
cannot escape from its own share of blame. It needs to examine the
scheme and take adequate measures to plug the loopholes so that
similar scams do not take place again. But, is there going to be any
policy change in the coming weeks?

Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
Central Board of Excise and Customs

Dated: December 2, 2004

OFFICE ORDER NO 215/2004

Following transfers & postings in the grade of Deputy/Assistant
Commissioner of Customs & Central Excise are hereby ordered with
immediate effect and until further orders

1. Shri G.S. Purohit, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise
to Dibrugarh, Central Excise
2. Shri A.K. Agarwal, Deputy Commissioner from Surat Central Excise
to DGICCE, Delhi
3. Shri M.P. Solanki, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central
Excise to Kolkata, Central Excise
4. Shri Dharmendra Singh, Assistant Commissioner from Surat Central
Excise to Vishakhapatnam, Central Excise

(P.SASIKUMAR)
For/Under Secretary to the Govt. of India

__________________________________________________

Please provide the following informatio by email to us. BY EMAIL. Email is the efficient way of keeping in communication. We want our information by email. We are requesting all of this information as per Right to Information Act 2005.

1. Have you suspended any customs officiers after this case ? If you did, who are the those officers ?
2. Did this case happen or not ?
3. If YES, Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance Department for this case to be unearthed? Please give details about that officer ?
4. Are these four officers SUSPENDED now? If not WHY ? What is the reason you have not taken any action on these four and others who were involved?

Why all of the cases from your department is not posted on the website. CVC rules states that you need to publish them for the benefit of Citizens of INDIA.

Please provide all information as quickly as possible. We want to post it on our website.

If we need ann more information we will write to you.

Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
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mail2vigilance <mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com> wrote:

F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006.

Shri V.M. Kumaraswamy

Gentleman,

Please refer to your e-mail dated 16.04.2006, in response to this office letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006, on the above subject.
2. It appears that the reply of this office vide letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006 has not been understood by you. It is therefore requested that you may please visit this office on any working day, convenient to you, for further clarifications.
3. Your e-mail revels a high regard for transparency. It is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) Do you have the copy of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, referred to in your e-mail. If so, please inform as to from whom did you get this copy ?
(ii) If you do not have the copy, please inform as to from where and from whom did you get the contents which have been produced in your e-mail?
4. It is further observed that your e-mail dated 16.04.2004 mentions about certain details which are not mentioned in the contents of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar. In view of the same, it is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) What makes you say hat Shri V.B. Singh was allowed to join Vigilance due to the case of Taufik Haji Gaffar and he was entrusted to investigate one of the most sensitive case i.e. Surat Rebate case, by me ?
(ii) What do you understand by "CIU'? What makes you think that it is Deputy Commissioner of CIU who should have invoked COFEPOSA?
(iii) How and from whom did you get to know that the then Deputy Commissioner of CIU is working in this office or otherwise?
(iv) Please send the copy of the article which says that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) V.H. Bathija on 07.03.2001 arrested TAUFIK. How and from whom did you get to know that Mr. V.H. Bathija is working in this office or otherwise?

5. Similarly, in your e-mail dated 19.04.2006, you have mentioned about one Alok Garg who has submitted forged/false/invalid certificate of ex-serviceman to claim age relaxation to join service. However, nothing has been mentioned about as to who Alok Garg is, in which department Alok Garg is working. Please inform as to how and from whom did you get to know that this office is investigating or not investigating Alok Garg or otherwise?
6. It is further requested that documentary or other evidences that may be available with you to establish that the allegations against Shri V.B. Singh, made in the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, are false, may also please be sent to this office.

Yours faithfully,

(NEERJA SHAH)
Additional Director Genera


AFTER TAUFIQ ALL ‘WICKETS’ FALL LIKE TAIL-ENDERS IN INDIAN CRICKET! //

May 30, 2006

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Smt. Neerja Shah
Addl DG (VIg.)
Directorate General of Vigilance,
Customs and Central Excise
West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor,
Transport House, Poona Street, Masjid (East)
Mumbai – 40009

Phone No. (022) 22619506
Fax (022) 23703133

e-mail:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in
mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com

Sub: AFTER TAUFIQ ALL 'WICKETS' FALL LIKE TAIL-ENDERS IN INDIAN CRICKET! // Request for information as per RTI Act 2005. All of these are simple questions. You should have the answers in a short period of time.

WICKETS now means officers in your department !!
Who is going to  FALL now ?
Are you protecting any of them !! 
We are watching for your actions !!!!!

This is another story dated 26.07.2003 I am finding more and more stories on Mumbai Customs office !!! I hope you can provide all the answers to my questions as per RTI Act 2005.

AFTER TAUFIQ ALL 'WICKETS' FALL LIKE TAIL-ENDERS IN INDIAN CRICKET!

MUMBAI, 26 JULY : THE first wicket to fall in the EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar case was that of his own brother who was detained under Cofeposa last year. Given that the Surat Police could not do proper 'bowling' for the past one year the second wicket took pretty long time when Taufiq himself was picked up under Cofeposa recently.

With Taufiq being considered as Sachin Tendulkar of the large team of racketeers coming from various walks of life, other wickets have fallen like the middle-level and tail-enders of the Indian Cricket team! And it happened because this time the 'bowler' happened to be the Mumbai CBI rather than the Surat Police!

Only two days back the ace agency launched a mega hunt for all those customs officials who were accused of being instrumental in abetting this fraud! Thanks to the former constitution of the Board this case was referred to the CBI to unearth the exact dimension of the case. A search operation was launched at the office and residential premises of four customs officials _ one of them is of JC-rank, presently posted at Pune; the second one is an AC at Sahar Air Cargo and the other two are Appraisers. A few others who helped Taufiq were also raided.

All the four officials have been accused of being hand-in-glove with Taufiq. Since during their tenure in Mumbai Customs several original documents were misplaced and forged procurement certificates were accepted which helped Taufiq of clearing goods duty-free and then selling them off in the open market at a premium.

Several of the importing firms were found to be non-existent but they did large-scale duty-free imports thanks to active support of some officials who willingly closed their eyes to all such wrong-doings.

No doubt, the CBI has not found much in these operations as it was expected because the case itself has become several years old but it has laid its hands on certain documents which may help it in the on-going investigation. But what is indeed going to be a big challenge for the CBI is the fact that it must identify all the patrons of Taufiq who must also be patrons of several other fraudsters going scot-free! Given that Taufiq was just an ordinary importer and wanted to become rich overnight but what about all those officials who despite being in the chair of the custodian of exchequer's interests have developed the habit of conniving with fraudsters? They are much dangerous enemy of the economy than fraudsters like Taufiq who have very short life-span to cause long-term damage to the system! But, will the CBI be able to do it?

_________________________________________

PLEASE provide answer to the following questions. Send it by email please. Email is efficient way sending information and communicating.

1. Is the story is correct ?

2. If yes, who were the officers raided by CBI? Can you list them please. What are they doing now ? Are they still working ? How many got suspended from service ? How many are facing jail time ? Are you protecting any one from that list ?

3. Has Directorate General of Vigilance taken any action against these officers? If yes, WHEN was it taken ? If no, What is the reason for not acting on this ?

4. Have any of those offisers been posted in sensitive postings in your department after the raid of CBI and put them under cloud ?

5. If yes, why they have been posted in sensitive posting and if not, give the details of their posting since the CBI raid. Please specify for all the officers.


If we need any more information from you we will write to you.

Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA
 

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mail2vigilance <mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com> wrote:

F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006.

Shri V.M. Kumaraswamy

Gentleman,

Please refer to your e-mail dated 16.04.2006, in response to this office letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006, on the above subject.
2. It appears that the reply of this office vide letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006 has not been understood by you. It is therefore requested that you may please visit this office on any working day, convenient to you, for further clarifications.
3. Your e-mail revels a high regard for transparency. It is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) Do you have the copy of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, referred to in your e-mail. If so, please inform as to from whom did you get this copy ?
(ii) If you do not have the copy, please inform as to from where and from whom did you get the contents which have been produced in your e-mail?
4. It is further observed that your e-mail dated 16.04.2004 mentions about certain details which are not mentioned in the contents of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar. In view of the same, it is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) What makes you say hat Shri V.B. Singh was allowed to join Vigilance due to the case of Taufik Haji Gaffar and he was entrusted to investigate one of the most sensitive case i.e. Surat Rebate case, by me ?
(ii) What do you understand by "CIU'? What makes you think that it is Deputy Commissioner of CIU who should have invoked COFEPOSA?
(iii) How and from whom did you get to know that the then Deputy Commissioner of CIU is working in this office or otherwise?
(iv) Please send the copy of the article which says that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) V.H. Bathija on 07.03.2001 arrested TAUFIK. How and from whom did you get to know that Mr. V.H. Bathija is working in this office or otherwise?

5. Similarly, in your e-mail dated 19.04.2006, you have mentioned about one Alok Garg who has submitted forged/false/invalid certificate of ex-serviceman to claim age relaxation to join service. However, nothing has been mentioned about as to who Alok Garg is, in which department Alok Garg is working. Please inform as to how and from whom did you get to know that this office is investigating or not investigating Alok Garg or otherwise?
6. It is further requested that documentary or other evidences that may be available with you to establish that the allegations against Shri V.B. Singh, made in the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, are false, may also please be sent to this office.

Yours faithfully,

(NEERJA SHAH)
Additional Director General


LAW FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH EoU FRAUDSTER TAUFIQ // Request for Information as per RTI Act 2005 from Addl DG (Vlg) //

May 30, 2006

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From: "Venkat Kumaraswamy" <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com>
Subject: LAW FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH EoU FRAUDSTER TAUFIQ // Request for Information as per RTI Act 2005 from Addl DG (Vlg) //
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Smt. Neerja Shah
Addl DG (VIg.)
Directorate General of Vigilance,
Customs and Central Excise
West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor,
Transport House,
Poona Street, Masjid (East)
Mumbai – 40009

Phone No. (022) 22619506
Fax (022) 23703133

e-mail:  adgvigwest@cbec.gov.in
mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com

Sub: LAW FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH EoU FRAUDSTER TAUFIQ

I think my all of my emails to you have answered all the questions you asked e in your email dated F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006

By reading all these mails you will know that I am spending enough time to get all the information from you and your department.

So now we will be expecting your information for all of our questions in all the emails which was sent to you. Please send all the responses by email to me.

Please read this article dated 21-07-2003. This gives lots of information to you. I hope you know about this article and the case.

LAW FINALLY CATCHES UP WITH EoU FRAUDSTER TAUFIQ

AHMEDABAD, 21 JULY : THE law finally catches up with numero uno EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar. It is learnt that he was arrested under Cofeposa detention order issued almost a year back by the Ministry of Finance for a series of commercial frauds resulting in duty evasion to the tune of Rs 25 crore. The Surat Police picked him up from his house in Surat and is likely to be shifted to Vadodara Central Prison today.

Though the final arrest turned out to be a simple affair but Taufiq had given a tough time to the Surat Police on several occasions in the past. Even before the police used to leave the police station he used to go underground only to surface for filing writs in different High Courts. So frustrated had become the police that it had only recently returned the unexecuted detention order to the customs. But when the matter was taken up with the higher authorities in the Gujarat Police, the order has finally been executed.

Taufik has been accused of masterminding clearances of M/s Resham Export and M/s Rama Syntex Pvt. Ltd., both 100 per cent export oriented units, from Mumbai Custom House on the basis of forged procurement certificates. M/s Rama Syntex Pvt. Ltd. was found to be a fictitious and bogus unit for which even the statutory documents like Letter of permission, Import Export Code and Green Card, purported to have been issued by the Development Commissioner, Kandla Free Trade Zone, were bogus. The materials cleared by Taufik through these two units have been diverted to local markets. The Government has thus suffered a loss of more than Rs 25 crores. This case has been investigated by Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch (SIIB), Mumbai whose officers could nail Taufik down inspite of limited resources at their disposal and against all odds.  
 
It may be recalled that Taufik had filed appeals in various high courts to get the detention order quashed. He had moved petitions in Punjab & Haryana High Court, Chandigarh and Gujarat High Court but without any success. His writ petition was dismissed by the division bench of Bomaby High Court in February last year. Thereafter he filed SLP against this order in Supreme Court which was also snubbed.

Thereafter a writ was filed by his wife in the Delhi High Court. Several legal luminaries appeared for him and obtained a stay on execution of the detention order. Although the petition is pending for hearing on August 21, 2003, the stay on execution of the order was vacated by the Supreme Court after MoF filed an SLP.

___________________

Please provide answers to the following and send it to me by email. Email is an efficient way of communicating and getting the information fast. This as per RTI Act 2005 and by DARPG Guidelines.

1. Is this article story is true ? Please let us know and provide all the information you have in your department regarding this story.

2. Who had investigated the case of Taufik in SIIB, Mumbai, as mentioned in the story? Please provide the details.

3. Who were the lawyers that had appeared for Taufik ? and  Who obtained stay on execution of detention order ? Please provide all the detailed information by email.

4. What was the basis of obtaing the stay in this case? and When was SLP filed in Supreme Court ? Please provide us with details by email.

5. This case has happened in Surat. There was a story planted against a Customs Officer in Surat in Surat Samana paper on 25.08.2005. Do you know anything about this news paper article ? It looks like your name is involved in the reporting and you must have received some information on this. Please provide all the information you have and you know in detail to me by way of email.

6. Who is responsible in getting Taufiq arrested ? Provide details please.

If we need any more information from you we will write to you.

Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA. in business since 1971. Founder and Moderator of India's largest e-governance Yahoogroup under the title eGovINDIA. You can reach this group at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eGovINDIA
 

eGovINDIA, INDIA WBA, EKAVI and INDIA RTI has taken up several matters and issues in their forum to discuss and to bring into national level and attention of CVC, CAG, CBI, CBEC, Supreme Court, High Courts, State Officials and Highest officials in INDIA. All News Papers will be included for wider circulation.

INDIA WBA has taken up the issues of WHISTLEBLOWERS in INDIA.
India WhistleBlower Act:The Action Group;http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIA_WBA

INDIA RTI has taken up issues related Right to Information for all in INDIA.

Right to Information in INDIA discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/INDIARTI

mail2vigilance <mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com> wrote:

F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006.

Shri V.M. Kumaraswamy

Gentleman,

Please refer to your e-mail dated 16.04.2006, in response to this office letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006, on the above subject.
2. It appears that the reply of this office vide letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006 has not been understood by you. It is therefore requested that you may please visit this office on any working day, convenient to you, for further clarifications.
3. Your e-mail revels a high regard for transparency. It is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) Do you have the copy of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, referred to in your e-mail. If so, please inform as to from whom did you get this copy ?
(ii) If you do not have the copy, please inform as to from where and from whom did you get the contents which have been produced in your e-mail?
4. It is further observed that your e-mail dated 16.04.2004 mentions about certain details which are not mentioned in the contents of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar. In view of the same, it is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) What makes you say hat Shri V.B. Singh was allowed to join Vigilance due to the case of Taufik Haji Gaffar and he was entrusted to investigate one of the most sensitive case i.e. Surat Rebate case, by me ?
(ii) What do you understand by "CIU'? What makes you think that it is Deputy Commissioner of CIU who should have invoked COFEPOSA?
(iii) How and from whom did you get to know that the then Deputy Commissioner of CIU is working in this office or otherwise?
(iv) Please send the copy of the article which says that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) V.H. Bathija on 07.03.2001 arrested TAUFIK. How and from whom did you get to know that Mr. V.H. Bathija is working in this office or otherwise?

5. Similarly, in your e-mail dated 19.04.2006, you have mentioned about one Alok Garg who has submitted forged/false/invalid certificate of ex-serviceman to claim age relaxation to join service. However, nothing has been mentioned about as to who Alok Garg is, in which department Alok Garg is working. Please inform as to how and from whom did you get to know that this office is investigating or not investigating Alok Garg or otherwise?
6. It is further requested that documentary or other evidences that may be available with you to establish that the allegations against Shri V.B. Singh, made in the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, are false, may also please be sent to this office.

Yours faithfully,

(NEERJA SHAH)
Additional Director General


TAUFIQ IN TROUBLE BUT NONE HAPPY ABOUT IT! // Who was unhappy about this ?

May 30, 2006

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From: "Venkat Kumaraswamy" <vmkumaraswamy@yahoo.com>
Subject: TAUFIQ IN TROUBLE BUT NONE HAPPY ABOUT IT! // Who was unhappy about this ?
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May 2nd 2006

Smt. Neerja Shah
Addl DG (VIg.)
Directorate General of Vigilance,
Customs and Central Excise
West Zonal Unit, 4th Floor,
Transport House, Poona Street, Masjid (East)
Mumbai – 40009

Phone No. (022) 22619506
Fax (022) 23703133

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Sub: TAUFIQ IN TROUBLE BUT NONE HAPPY ABOUT IT!  Who was unhappy about this ?

Who was not happy in your department about this ? All over INDIA people were talking about how this person got arrested and about the person who really NAILED this person.

Can you tell all of us in INDIA, Who was responsbile for getting the COFEPOSA Advisory Board made to confirm the detention of EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar ? Who is that officer ? Is that officer from your department ? Can provide details about that officer please. Let the country know about that officer. Was that officer was given PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL AWARD for doing this kind of work ? Di you recomend that officer for these kind of awards ? Please let us know in detail.

Read the article:

TAUFIQ IN TROUBLE BUT NONE HAPPY ABOUT IT!

THE Cofeposa Advisory Board has finally confirmed the detention order of EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar recently. But no sooner the news reached the Mumbai Customs which should have actually celebrated it as it was its one of the toughest cases but very few appeared to be happy about it. Most saw their own jaws dropping almost-inadvertantly. The reason for their forlorn face was none but the fact that they had done their bit to help him out but the luck was not on his side. However, the department is yet to establish wh had leaked the original ground of detention to Taufiq which used the same to earn reprieve from the Delhi High Court. Later the same was challenged through an SLP in the Supreme Court and then the case finally tilted in favour of the department. To what extent the department is going to make use of this case to create an environ of fear among faudsters it is to be seen now.

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Please provide answers to all our questions in this email and send it by email to me. Email is an efficient way of communicating and providing information.

1. It looks like his story has come out after the COFEPOSA Advisory Board ahd confirmed the detention order of Taufik Haji Gaffar. Is this true ? Who was responsible to present this case to the COFEPOSA Board ? can you let us know please ? We would like know the details of that person. Name and where he is working ? Has he been promoted in your department ?

2. Were you UNHAPPY about this ? Please be open.

3. Were any one in your department was UNHAPPY about this ? Please let us know in detail.

If we need any more information from you we will write to you.

Thanks
Sincerely

V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA
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mail2vigilance <mail2vigilance@indiatimes.com> wrote:

F.No.: II/39(Vig)RTI-02/2006-07 Mumabi, the 24th April, 2006.

Shri V.M. Kumaraswamy

Gentleman,

Please refer to your e-mail dated 16.04.2006, in response to this office letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006, on the above subject.
2. It appears that the reply of this office vide letter /e-mail dated 13.04.2006 has not been understood by you. It is therefore requested that you may please visit this office on any working day, convenient to you, for further clarifications.
3. Your e-mail revels a high regard for transparency. It is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) Do you have the copy of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, referred to in your e-mail. If so, please inform as to from whom did you get this copy ?
(ii) If you do not have the copy, please inform as to from where and from whom did you get the contents which have been produced in your e-mail?
4. It is further observed that your e-mail dated 16.04.2004 mentions about certain details which are not mentioned in the contents of the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar. In view of the same, it is requested that transparency on the following may please be shown:
(i) What makes you say hat Shri V.B. Singh was allowed to join Vigilance due to the case of Taufik Haji Gaffar and he was entrusted to investigate one of the most sensitive case i.e. Surat Rebate case, by me ?
(ii) What do you understand by "CIU'? What makes you think that it is Deputy Commissioner of CIU who should have invoked COFEPOSA?
(iii) How and from whom did you get to know that the then Deputy Commissioner of CIU is working in this office or otherwise?
(iv) Please send the copy of the article which says that Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) V.H. Bathija on 07.03.2001 arrested TAUFIK. How and from whom did you get to know that Mr. V.H. Bathija is working in this office or otherwise?

5. Similarly, in your e-mail dated 19.04.2006, you have mentioned about one Alok Garg who has submitted forged/false/invalid certificate of ex-serviceman to claim age relaxation to join service. However, nothing has been mentioned about as to who Alok Garg is, in which department Alok Garg is working. Please inform as to how and from whom did you get to know that this office is investigating or not investigating Alok Garg or otherwise?
6. It is further requested that documentary or other evidences that may be available with you to establish that the allegations against Shri V.B. Singh, made in the complaint purportedly sent by Shri Ravinder Kumar, are false, may also please be sent to this office.

Yours faithfully,

(NEERJA SHAH)
Additional Director General