CBI books ED assistant director in Rs 5 crore bribery case regarding excise policy scam

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The CBI has performed searches at six places on the premises of the accused after the registration of the FIR, the officers mentioned.

The CBI has registered an FIR in opposition to ED Assistant Director Pawan Khatri in reference to alleged bribery of Rs 5 crore by liquor businessman Amandeep Dhall to evade motion in the excise policy scam case, officers mentioned.

Besides the 2, the company has additionally named assistant common supervisor of Air India Deepak Sangwan, CEO of Claridges Hotels and Resorts (*5*), chartered accountant Praveen Kumar Vats and two others, Nitesh Kohar, a clerk in the ED, and Dhall’s father Birender Pal Singh, they mentioned.

The CBI has performed searches at six places on the premises of the accused after the registration of the FIR, the officers mentioned.

According to sources, neither of the accused ED officers was a part of the excise scam case probe however throughout the searches, supplies associated to the case have been recovered from them.

The central probe company took over the case on a criticism from the Enforcement Directorate, which alleged that Singh had paid Rs 5 crore bribe to Vats in tranches of Rs 50 lakh from December 2022 onwards to assist Dhall in the excise policy case.

The CBI has registered the case below IPC sections 120B (legal conspiracy) and provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

During the probe into the alleged excise scam, the officers mentioned, the ED acquired details about large bribe exchanges in the identify of senior company officers to affect the case.

Based on the data, the company had performed searches on July 4 on the premises of the accused and questioned the suspects, which prima facie instructed bribery and corruption by the accused, they added.

The ED searches additionally resulted in the restoration of Rs 2.19 crore money (of the whole Rs 5 crore) from the premises of Vats and 99 pages of a supplementary criticism filed by it on January 6 in the scam case from Sangwan’s premises, the officers mentioned.

The company additionally discovered the scam case-related paperwork from the premises of its Assistant Director Khatri, which indicated that he was taking undue curiosity in the case, the CBI FIR alleged.

The ED, in its preliminary probe, discovered that the bribery case began rolling when Amandeep Dhall approached (*5*), looking for assist in the excise scam case probed by the anti-money laundering company, the FIR alleged, including (*5*) launched him to Vats.

“Praveen Vats informed him (Vikramaditya) that after deducting expenses with ED officials and other expenses, they (Praveen Vats and him) will divide the remaining amount equally. Amandeep Dhall paid an amount of Rs 3 crore to Praveen Vats. After that, in March 2023, Birender Pal Singh informed him that they had paid Rs 5 crore to Praveen Vats,” it added.

Vats then tapped an assistant common supervisor in Air India, Deepak Sangwan, who mentioned he may assist Dhall utilizing his contacts in the ED. Sangwan allegedly launched the chartered account to Khatri.

The chartered accountant allegedly paid Rs 50 lakh to Sangwan and Khatri at a parking place behind the ITC Hotel in Vasant Vihar locality in the center of December 2022, the officers mentioned.

Sangwan had additionally allegedly demanded Rs 2 crore for getting Dhall’s identify cleared from the checklist of accused, however the liquor businessman was arrested on March 1.

Sangwan met Vats two days after the arrest and mentioned the motion was ordered by increased authorities the place he has no affect, in response to the officers.

In June, Sangwan allegedly realized that Vats had extorted huge quantities of cash from Dhall’s father, Singh, to get assist from the Enforcement Directorate and known as the chartered accountant for a gathering, they mentioned.

The ED has alleged that a number of conferences adopted this one, and in a few of them, Khatri and Kohar have been additionally current, the FIR mentioned.

In his assertion to ED, Sangwan mentioned that in one of many conferences, Vats returned Rs 1 crore to Singh.

The CCTV footage of the conferences collected by the ED reveals that Deepak Sangwan, Praveen Vats, Pawan Khatri and Nitesh Kohar met on June 28, adopted by a gathering amongst Sangwan, Vats, Singh and Khatri behind Claridges Hotel the subsequent day when the briefcase was transferred in Singh’s automobile by Vats, in response to the FIR.

Vats corroborated that he had returned Rs 1 crore to Singh on June 29, and Khatri was additionally current in the assembly. The ED has alleged that from the statements and CCTV footage, it seems that Khatri and Kohar have been assembly non-public individuals — Sangwan, Vats, Singh and many others. — conscious of the difficulty that bribe quantity had exchanged arms between Vats and Singh, the officers mentioned.

The company additionally alleged that Khatri was current in the assembly when the bag was saved in Singh’s automobile, however he by no means knowledgeable any senior officer regarding this, they added. 


Nilesh Desai
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