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/ 

________

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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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


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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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

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

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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


EoU FRAUDSTER GOT UNPRECEDENTED HELP FROM MUMBAI CUSTOMS! // EoU FRAUDSTER NAILED DOWN BUT CONNIVING OFFICIALS GO SCOT-FREE

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
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Sub:   EoU FRAUDSTER GOT UNPRECEDENTED HELP FROM MUMBAI CUSTOMS!  //   EoU FRAUDSTER NAILED DOWN BUT CONNIVING OFFICIALS GO SCOT-FREE

This is bad for MUMBAI CUSTOMS !!

Please read the following articles. Which are from Taxindiaonline.

 We would like to get information on this please.

EoU FRAUDSTER GOT UNPRECEDENTED HELP FROM MUMBAI CUSTOMS!

By Taxindiaonline News Service

MUMBAI, 14 JAN, 2002 : FOR EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar who perpetrated a series of frauds on the department in connivance with officials, the facility of high seas sale came quite handy. His companies used to procure goods through this method and the sellers of imported raw materials never insisted on payments at the time of signing the agreements. Investigation suspects that they were taking the goods back to themselves after clearance and selling them further in the open market.

The funds raised through such sales were then paid through crossed cheques and cash to discounters who issued cheques and drafts in the name of importers. These cheques collected from discounters were shown by importers as the payment from buyers. The facility of accepting third party cheques was grossed abused by importers.

What facilitated them in doing such frauds smoothly was the unexceptional cooperation they received from Cooperative Banks in Mumbai and Surat. They actively supported these fraudsters in their clandestine operation, observes investigation report. More interesting is the fact that no foreign supplier was paid for such exports, and the payments were probably made through illegal channel.

Let's now see how customs handled these transactions. Once the goods were procured on high seas sale basis the customs house was generous enough to allow notings of such bills of entry brought by unauthorized persons. This was done without keeping any record of sales in the import section. They were deliberately let off to take away all records so that none could be traced. Investigation revealed that imports of one bogus EoU were sold on high seas sale basis to another bogus EoU but the customs preferred to remain casual spectator.

What further indicates towards connivance is the fact that forged procurement certificates were submitted to the EoU section in the Mumbai Customs by unauthorised persons and the procedure to receive such certificates in seal-cover was dumped in the dustbin. Worse, even the original bills of entry were not retained by the section. Even the dock staff of the customs failed to ask for the passes from those who were clearing the goods of bogus units. The goods cleared from the docks forwarded under punch seals to central excise were coolly diverted to the open markets. What helped them further was the systems of not insisting for sealed cover warehousing certificates and duplicate copies of bills of entry.

The lack of coordination between the customs and central excise authorities helped these fraudsters to go on evading duty for several years. Finally the SIIB caught these units and got the Cofeposa order issued. But then it was the Surat Police turn not to enforce the detention order against Taufiq who has after being denied relief at various High Courts got temporary relief from Delhi HC as his father is reported to be unwell. The case is scheduled to come up for hearing on Thursday and it is to be seen whether he meets his nemesis for all the wrong-doings or not!

EoU FRAUDSTER NAILED DOWN BUT CONNIVING OFFICIALS GO SCOT-FREE

By Taxindiaonline News Service
MUMBAI, 21 OCT, 2002 : N
O matter how bad is our system but it does work at its own pace. And when it works no connivance and financial muscle can slow it down. This is what has happened in the case of notorious EoU fraudster Taufiq Haji Gaffar of Surat. The Mumbai-based Competent Authority has ordered forfeiture of 39 of his property worth several crores. These property are located in Surat, Rajkot and Mumbai.

Apart from residential, office and factory plot these property also include one Mercedes Benz, Santro, Maruti Zen, Ford Escorts and current bank accounts of T & T Overseas Impex, Gujarat Texspin Ltd, Zuhas International Est and Ferrari Textiles Ltd.

Since Taufiq's Cofeposa order which was issued a few months back has not been set aside by any court, the Competent Authority, Mr N Krishnamurthy, initiated this measure to prevent him from indulging in more smuggling activities. He is alleged to have evaded customs duty to the tune of Rs 28 crore by diverting duty-free imported yarn in the open market. Even his two firms _ Resham Exports and Rama Syntex _ were found to be non-existent. His modus operandi was to connive with customs and excise officials and undertake duty-free imports in the name of fake firms and sell off the goods in the open market at a premium. Though the department has taken the harshest measure against him but the conniving officials are still scot-free and seem busy conniving with future Taufiq. The Mumbai Customs Chief badly needs to look into this aspect

Before ordering the forfeiture of property the Competent Authority, Mr N Krishnamurthy had given three notices to Taufiq who is on the run ever since the Cofeposa order was issued against him. A show cause notice was noticed to him by the Authority but none responded to the notice. Even his wife was not authorised to file a petition on his behalf. Having seen that no vakalatnama was filed, the Authority went ahead with the proceedings and ordered forfeiture of about 39 property held in his name. The authority received a petition against only one bungalow which was found to be disputed.

However, even now Taufiq has a chance to move the Appellate Tribunal in Delhi which can review the order of the Authority. But will he do it when detention order is still in force? 

___________________________________________________

Please provide the information as per RTI Act 2005. Email is the best wat to send information. Please send the information by email to me.

1. Who is overall Incharge of Mumbai Customs ?

2. These two artciles reflects what has happened in Taufiq's case. What actions have you taken to find and seize all the properties ?

3. With all this evidence as quoted by this news service, who did what, WHY Mumbai Customs is lagging behind in taking actions ?

4. Some one from your office is the one who nailed Taufiq ! YES or NO ? What is the status of that person now ?

5. Who all helped TAUFIQ from your office ? Can you name all of them please ? Also write what all they did? What information they gave to Taufiq?

6. Are you being presurred from any one in this TAUFIQ's case ?

Please provide answers to all of these questions as per RTI Act 2005.

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