What action have you taken on SURAT EXCISE REBATE SCAM : MOF TOPBRASS GRANTS NO REBATE TO 46 OFFICERS; ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 42 OFFICERS; FOUR TRANSFERRED OUT // Did you SUSPEND any one ? Who was the Investigating Officer in Vigilance of this Surat Case ?

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

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

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