18 officers in service sans verification – As per information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act,

June 25, 2006
18 officers in service sans verification

http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=189750

The verification is conducted by the office of Commissioner of Customs (General) based in Mumbai at New Customs House, Ballard Estate, as the commissioner is the cadre-controlling authority in Mumbai.

Commissioner of Customs (General) N Sasidharan, when asked about the officers not having been verified, said: ‘‘Verfication of ex-servicemen’s certificates is a lengthy process. We keep reminding the concerned agencies.’’

As per information obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act, nine ex-servicemen have been employed in the Customs Department as Preventive Officers since 1990—they are responsible for collecting information, conducting raids and seizures—and nine ex-servicemen joined in as examiners—they are responsible for examining goods that come in and leave the country through the customs’ channel.

The 18 officials were employed in the Customs Department through examinations conducted by the Staff Selection Commission. Interestingly, it was only after the RTI application was filed that the Customs Department woke up to the fact that it had never verified the certificates submitted by the ex-servicemen.

As on June 5, the Customs Department had verified the certificates of two preventive officers and one examiner. The rest are now in the process of being verified. Meanwhile, the Preventive Officers have been promoted to the rank of Superintendent of Customs while the Examiners’ current status is that of Appraising Officers.

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Customs in the dock for flouting Right to Info Act

June 18, 2006

Customs in the dock for flouting Right to Info Act

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=2&articleid=618200601356187618200601222515

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Mumbaikar files contempt petition against department for not following Central Information Commission’s order

Narendra Kaushik

In a move that sets a precedent, a Mumbaikar, who did not get the information she sought from Customs and Central Excise under the Right to Information Act even after an order from the Central Information Commission (CIC), has filed a contempt petition against the department.

S R Sawant, a Bombay High Court advocate, had sought names of Customs officers who were promoted or placed in sensitive positions despite being on the ‘Agreed List’, which names those under discreet watch for corruption or against whom complaints are pending. This confidential list is prepared by the department in consultation with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and is reviewed annually. Listed officers are not supposed to be given public responsibilities or promotions.

The Fort-based advocate moved an application with the CIC on Saturday on behalf of a senior Customs official seeking penalty against Customs for non-compliance of the commission’s May 1, 2006, order. The Commission had told the department to furnish her with the information within 15 days.

In her three-page application, a copy of which is with Mumbai Mirror, Sawant has alleged that Customs has failed to furnish the sought information to her. She has sought action against Customs under section 20 of the RTI Act, which states that a department or Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) that does not furnish information despite an ordered from the central appellate authority may be asked to pay fine of Rs 250 per day. The maximum penalty prescribed under this section is Rs 25,000. The commission may also recommend disciplinary action against the concerned CPIO.

The order was pronounced by a two-member bench comprising Dr O P Kejariwal and Prof M M Ansari. Terming the non-compliance ‘unfortunate’, Ansari said the commission would take up Sawant’s application soon. Citing the case of former Maharashtra minister S S Naik, he said it had become a trend for bureaucracy and politicians to flout orders of commissions and courts.

Info Sawant wanted

• Names of officers on the ‘Agreed List’ that names officers on watch for corruption or against whom complaints are pending in 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06

• Names of officers from this list who were promoted or appointed to a higher grade within their cadre


My RTI Applications to Smt. Neerja Shah has not been responded yet. I have sent 40 RTI REQUEST letters to Neerja Shah. Is NEERJA SHAH the problem at MUMBAI CUSTOMS ?

June 11, 2006

May 10th, 2006

Shri Jogendra Singh
Director General of Vigilance
Custom & Central Excise
2nd Floor, Hotel Samrat
Chanakya Puri
New Delhi – 110021

Phone  – (011) 26115722
Fax – (011) 26115724

e-mail: dgvig@cbec.gov.in

and

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: No response from CBEC for RTI applications and requests. Is Director General of Vigalnce protecting Neerja Shah ? Why DGV has not responded to our emails on this issue of MUMBAI CUSTOMS MUDDLE.

Dear Shri. Jogendra Singh,

This is Mr. V. M. Kumaraswamy, MBA.

About eGovINDIA and it's activties

https://egovindia.wordpress.com/

Would you please respond for requests. I am copying this email to several TOP Officials of Govt. of INDIA and also to NEWS REPORTERS, JOURNALISTS.

ARC headed by Sri. Moily also recomending to repeal the Official Secrets Act.

Following is good news. BUT problems in MUMBAI CUSTOMS will go on as long as Neerja Shah and Customs Officer at Nhavasheva(Import) are still there at their positions.

These two officers needs to be SUSPENDED from SERVICE !!

5 Customs officers transferred – Following Newsline report, activist files RTI application, Department gives them the boot !

MUMBAI CUSTOMS PROBLEMS is Neerja Shah. She is COVERING lots of Officers in MUMBAI CUSTOMS.

Please go through this. All of our RTI applications to Neerja Shah is posted. This will be for PUBLIC and all officials in INDIA to know about what is happenning at VIGILANCE LEVEL.

More about MUMBAI CUSTOMS MUDDLE, visit:

https://customsmuddle.wordpress.com/ 

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5 Customs officers transferred

As per a Central Vigilance Commission circular dated November 2, 2001, the Vigilance Department, classified as sensitive, should not be retaining staff and officers for more than the stipulated three years

.

The Vigilance Department handles cases of corruption and misdeeds by officers from the Customs and Central Excise

.

The officers whose transfer orders have arrived are Joint Commissioner G Ravindranath and Assistant Commissioner M A Andrade, who joined the Vigilance Department in February 2003, Deputy Commissioner V H Bhatija, who joined in March 2003, and Superintendents Narayan Singh and S K Hattangadi, who joined in August 1999.

Except for Hattangadi who is being relieved from June 30, all other transfers are with effect from May 31. Joint Commissioner Ravindranath has been replaced by G Srinivas Rao, who is joint commissioner at Central Excise, Mumbai.

Incidentally one of the replacements for the superintendents is not inclined towards joining the vigilance department. The officer, who recently underwent treatment for depression, has informed the vigilance department about his position.

A senior officer of the vigilance department said: “It is difficult to get the right mix of officers for the vigilance department as only few are willing, and those who are, have to satisfy our stringent norms.”

Rajesh Darak, an activist with Whistleblowers India, a non-governmental organisation, had made the RTI application and obtained the list of officers who were retained despite completing three years

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5 Customs officers transferred – Following Newsline report, activist files RTI application, Department gives them the boot !

June 11, 2006
5 Customs officers transferred

As per a Central Vigilance Commission circular dated November 2, 2001, the Vigilance Department, classified as sensitive, should not be retaining staff and officers for more than the stipulated three years

.

The Vigilance Department handles cases of corruption and misdeeds by officers from the Customs and Central Excise

.

The officers whose transfer orders have arrived are Joint Commissioner G Ravindranath and Assistant Commissioner M A Andrade, who joined the Vigilance Department in February 2003, Deputy Commissioner V H Bhatija, who joined in March 2003, and Superintendents Narayan Singh and S K Hattangadi, who joined in August 1999.

Except for Hattangadi who is being relieved from June 30, all other transfers are with effect from May 31. Joint Commissioner Ravindranath has been replaced by G Srinivas Rao, who is joint commissioner at Central Excise, Mumbai.

Incidentally one of the replacements for the superintendents is not inclined towards joining the vigilance department. The officer, who recently underwent treatment for depression, has informed the vigilance department about his position.

A senior officer of the vigilance department said: “It is difficult to get the right mix of officers for the vigilance department as only few are willing, and those who are, have to satisfy our stringent norms.”

Rajesh Darak, an activist with Whistleblowers India, a non-governmental organisation, had made the RTI application and obtained the list of officers who were retained despite completing three years

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NCB sniffs for one more coke haul

June 7, 2006

NCB sniffs for one more coke haul

Baljeet Parmar

Thursday, June 08, 2006  01:18 IST

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1034146

MUMBAI: Just days after confiscating a record haul of 200kg of cocaine from the Nhava Sheva port, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) is looking for two more consignments, said to weigh 300kg.

The consignments are thought to belong to the same cartel that had shipped the cache recovered on Sunday.

The NCB is working closely with international enforcement agencies to track the shipments.

The agencies have determined that a 500kg cocaine consignment meant for Spain and Germany, of which Sunday’s haul was a part, reached Mumbai from Ecuador. Though NCB Director KC Verma refused to give details, he said his officers are working round the clock on “reliable information”.

The NCB has learnt that Sunday’s haul was to be shipped to Karachi and then to Colombo and Europe. “The destination indicates the possibility of Dawood Ibrahim’s involvement,” said an intelligence officer.

The scope of the current operation extends beyond Mumbai. The first tip-off came from an American source. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence verified the information on the basis of import documents and shipping data.

Meanwhile, Additional Director Om Prakash said the NCB’s Mumbai unit is identifying the gang responsible for transferring cocaine from sealed containers to those headed for Europe.

With Poornima Swaminathan


TAUFIQUE IS OUT BUT DRI NABS HIS CLOSE AID IN Rs 30 CR CASE

June 4, 2006

TAUFIQUE IS OUT BUT DRI NABS HIS CLOSE AID IN Rs 30 CR CASE

This is AGAIN a bad NEWS for MUMBAI CUSTOMS !!

Please read the following article. Which is from Taxindiaonline.

 We would like to get information on this please.

TAUFIQUE IS OUT BUT DRI NABS HIS CLOSE AID IN Rs 30 CR CASE

By Taxindiaonline News Service
MUMBAI, 3 MAY : EVEN as the Mumbai Customs fails to fix accountability for the missing EoU documents related to notorious EoU fraudster Taufique Haji Gaffar, the Ahmedabad DRI has arrested his close associate Shyam Bihani who was allegedly operating from Jaipur, Mumbai, Surat and Vadodara.

Wanted in customs duty evasion case of about Rs 30 crore he was on the run for quite some time. It is learnt that his companies had forged several advance licences and done huge duty -free imports of goods which were later sold in the open market. On Wednesday he was picked up by the DRI sleuths and remanded in judicial custody.

In contrast to these cases, Taufique has become a tough challenge for the department. Though Cofeposa was invoked against him, our police and judicial systems have come to his rescue as he first moved the Ahmedabad High Court and then Mumbai High Court. Even as the court cases are on, a parallel probe was initiated by the Mumbai Customs to probe how did his papers disappear from the customs house. Though there is, as a matter of rules, a custodian of EoU documents in every Customs House but no action was taken against the one in Mumbai. In fact, he was not even shifted out of that slot till he retired. Despite a clear-cut system of appointing an AC (EoU), the Mumbai Customs and the Vigilance are struggling to find out how did the documents sleather out of their custody!

From the slow progress in the case it would not be far fetched to conclude that there is an apparent lack of interest among the topbrass here who have done virtually nothing to fix either Taufique or his associates or those who connived with him. It is a common sense that no document misses like this unless somebody has some interests involved in it.

But despite High Court observations, the customs has not been able to arrive at any conclusion. And it now appears that the department has given up its efforts to recover more than Rs 30 crore evaded by his group of companies like Rajasthan Fashion, Skyline, Gunjan Fabrics, Texmo Fab and many more. Though the EoU rules have been changed in this year Exim Policy, such examples would go a long way in encouraging fly-by-night operators to cheat the exchequer and coolly get away with it! 

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TAUFIK ONCE AGAIN GOES UNDERGROUND; SC COMES TO GOVT’S RESCUE

June 4, 2006

May 4th 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

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

Sub: TAUFIK ONCE AGAIN GOES UNDERGROUND; SC COMES TO GOVT'S RESCUE 

What is the story here. A big case it is happening like this !!

Please read the following article. You might know about this,

We would like to get information on this please.

TAUFIK ONCE AGAIN GOES UNDERGROUND; SC COMES TO GOVT'S RESCUE

By Taxindiaonline News Service

NEW DELHI, 13 MAY, 2003: THE EoU fraudster Taufik Haji Gaffar's case has indeed become a saga of

administrative machinations, misuse of judicial generosity and pinnacle of connivance.

But for the Ministry of Finance which has so far failed to enforce its Cofeposa detention order it is nothing but one

after another judicial battle.

The latest is that it has gone to the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court stay order

and the apex court has responded positively to the SLP by vacating the

HC stay on enforcement of the detention order.

No sooner the apex court vacated the stay,

Taufik who could be seen loitering around in the corridors of Delhi High Court has

once again gone underground! And simple excuse resorted to by the Surat Police

is that they have no information about him.

Probably the Gujarat Police believes that economic offenders like Taufik are expected to walk into their thanas

rather than their cops giving him a chase!

What prompted the MoF to move the SC was the controversial submission of original grounds of detention

which were not served on the accused but were submitted before the Bench.

This clearly indicated that there was some leakage from the Cofeposa office.

Then the government plea was that the documents submitted were

fabricated and not a copy of the original grounds of detention.

But the case appeared to be slipping out of the government as

two giant legal experts Mr P Chidambram and Mr Ram Jethmalani were holding the fort for Taufik.

But then the SC came to the rescue of the Government.

However, what sounds mysterious is the fact that the no action has been

taken against the officials who may be involved in leaking confidential documents from the

the Cofeposa office or elsewhere in the system?

This case clearly indicates that though the Government had issued

the detention order it never had the willingness to enforce it.

No other appears to be pursuing it seriously except for the Mumbai Customs.

Even in the Mumbai Customs the senior officials don't appear to be putting

their heart and brain behind the case.

So Taufik is all set to go down in the history of EoU exports as an

uncatchable and unbeatable hero of duty frauds!

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