New Delhi: A Delhi court today granted four
days` transit remand to CBI for taking a senior IAS officer
and two others to Daman in connection with the alleged Rs 340
crore excise duty evasion case.
Additional Sessions judge O P Saini allowed the plea of
CBI seeking transit remand of O Ravi, who was working as Joint
Secretary (Disaster management) in the Ministry of Home
Affairs, and two others Rakesh Rastogi and Ashok Khemani to
produce before a Daman court till May seven.
They were produced before the court after their four days
of custodial interrogation ended today.
Ravi, a 1983 batch IAS officer, allegedly took a bribe of
Rs 25 lakh to get the Daman administrator transferred.
Rastogi allegedly had played the role of a middleman in
connection with the transfer of the Administrator.
CBI arrested owner of Royal distilleries Ashok Khemani
and three excise officials. Khemani was arrested from Delhi
while the others were from Daman.
A case under various sections of IPC and Prevention of
Corruption Act has been registered against Ravi, two excise
inspectors Ramesh Mahyavanshi and Vijay Halpati and
sub-inspector Suresh Dhodi.
The directors of six distilleries Royal, Jupiter, Krimpy,
Silver Star and Dharmesh and some unidentified persons were
also booked for alleged fraud.
According to CBI, it has conducted searches at 36 places
of the accused persons in Daman, Mumbai and New Delhi to
unravel the alleged conspiracy.