Published On: Sun, Sep 27th, 2015

Corrupt customs official posted in ED likely to be sent back to parent cadre

Ahmedabad: The corrupt customs official posted in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on deputation basis as Joint Director, who has been booked by the CBI in an alleged corruption case, is likely to be sent back prematurely to his parent cadre in Customs and central Excise.

ED Director Karnal Singh received complaints about the alleged demand for bribe by customs official J P Singh after which he forwarded its to CBI.

ED Director Karnal Singh received complaints about the alleged demand for bribe by customs official J P Singh after which he forwarded its to CBI.

According to sources, ED Director Karnal Singh has urged the Finance Ministry to take steps for premature repatriation of senior IRS officer J P Singh to his parent cadre, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC).

ED chief Singh Friday shunted out J P Singh from ED Ahmedabad office and asked him to proceed on leave till his repatriation in his parent cadre comes into force.

CBI registered the case of alleged corruption against Singh, a 2000 batch Indian Revenue Service officer of Customs and Excise wing, on Wednesday, on the basis of a complaint received from ED chief Karnal Singh.

It is alleged that J P Singh’s father-in-law, S K S Somvanshi, a retired IRS officer of 1978 batch of Customs and Excise wing , took over Rs 15 crore as bribe on behalf of Singh from hawala dealers and tax consultants for giving relief and extending favours to suspects in two cases probed by ED.

The ED’s Ahmedabad unit was probing two important cases–Rs 2,000 crore IPL betting scandal and Rs 5,000 crore money laundering case against alleged hawala operator Afroz Fatta in which the suspects allegedly sought favours.

CBI sources said, the agency headquarters office, Delhi summoned Singh along with two Assistant Directors- Sanjay Kumar and P S Srinivas on Monday to record their statements in the case.

The Assistant Directors- Kumar and Srinivas, both ED cadre officers, are also involved in this case, they have also been shunted out from ED Ahmedabad office on Friday.

TST

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