Court sends senior IAS officer, two others to CBI custody

A Delhi court today allowed the CBI to interrogate in custody for four days a senior IAS officer and two others in connection with the alleged Rs 340 crore excise duty evasion case.

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2010, 00:34 AM IST

New Delhi: A Delhi court today allowed the
CBI to interrogate in custody for four days a senior IAS
officer and two others in connection with the alleged Rs 340
crore excise duty evasion case.

O Ravi, Joint Secretary (Disaster Management) in the
Ministry of Home Affairs, and two others Rakesh Rastogi and
Ashok Khemani were remanded to CBI custody by Additional
Sessions Judge O P Saini till May 3 to enable the
investigating agency to unravel the conspiracy.

Ravi, a 1983 batch IAS officer, allegedly took a bribe of
Rs 25 lakh to get the Daman administrator transferred.

Rastogi allegedly played role of a middleman in
connection with the transfer of the Administrator.

CBI arrested owner of Royal distilleries Ashok Khemani
and three excise officials last night. Khemani was arrested
from a hotel in the national capital while the others were
arrested 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 the CBI, it has conducted searches at 36
places of the accused persons at Daman, Mumbai and New Delhi.

-PTI

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