New Delhi: CBI has registered a case against
four government employees, including a senior IAS officer, and
Daman-based six distilleries for allegedly causing a loss of
Rs 340 crore to the exchequer.
According to CBI, a case under different Sections of IPC
and the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered
against O Ravi, Joint Secretary(Disaster Management), Ministry
of Home Affairs and two excise inspectors - Ramesh Mahyavanshi
and Vijay Halpati - and against sub-inspector Suresh Dhodi.
The case was also registered against the directors of six
distilleries -- Khemani Distilleries, Royal Distilleries,
Jupiter Distilleries, Krimpy Distilleries, Silver Star
Distilleries and Dharmesh Distilleries and other unknown
persons for fraud.
"It has been alleged that in order to evade excise duty
and VAT, the distilleries of Daman in connivance with
officials of the excise department resorted to under reporting
of production by preparing fake documents," a CBI spokesperson
CBI has conducted searches at 36 places of accused
persons at Daman, Mumbai and New Delhi.
Ravi, a 1983-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer, allegedly
took a bribe of Rs 25 lakh to get Daman administrator
transferred, he said.
Sources said Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the
Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to suspend Ravi.
The suspension orders are likely to be issued late night or
tomorrow, they said.