After 12 senior Income Tax officers got fired from their posts on the charges of corruption and disproportionate assets, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has retired other 15 senior customs and central excise officers on Tuesday with immediate effect on the accusations of corruption as earlier proved by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The order was executed by using the rule 56 (j) of Central Civil Services (Pension) rules, 1972. The rule allows government to review the performance of the government servants periodically to ascertain whether they remain in the service or made to retire in public interest.
The compulsorily retired Senior officers, some under suspension of the Central Board of Indirect Tax and Customs (CBIC) included from the ranks of Principal Commissioner, Commissioner, Additional Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, and Assistant Commissioner. According to sources in the Finance Ministry, these officers were accused of bribery, extortion and disproportionate assets cases including corruption.
The customs officers compulsorily retired are namely Dr. Anup Srivastava – Principal Commissioner, Atul Dikshit, Sansar Chand, G Shree Harsha, Vinay Brij Shah – Commissioner, Ashok R Mahida, Virendra K Agarwal, Raju Sekar – Additional Commissioner, Amrsesh Jain, Ashok Kr Aswal – Deputy Commissioner, Nalin Kumar – Joint Commissioner, S S Pabana, S S Bisht, Vinod Kr Sanga, and Mohd. Altaf – Assistant Commissioner.
Dr. Anup Srivastava, Principal Commissioner in CBIC in Delhi has a registered case by CBI in 1996 of criminal conspiracy. He was also alleged of showing favour to a house building society which was seeking a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for a land purchase. He was again booked by CBI in 2012 for demanding and accepting a bribe from an importer involved in tax evasion. He is also, reportedly, found guilty of harassment and extortion. Other commissioners being examined or were booked by CBI, some of whom are under suspension for fraud, disproportionate assets, allowing fraudulent withdrawals, bribery, and DRI case. A sum of Rs. 2.24 crore was, reportedly, recovered once from the Deputy Commissioner, Amresh Jain.
The retirement of these officers was concluded under the rule 56(j) of the Fundamental Rules which allows an appropriate authority to retire any goverment servant in public interest by giving prior notice of three months. Before the compulsory retirement of these CBIC officers, their salary of three months including allowances will be provided at the same rate of which they withdrew as confirmed by the finance ministry led by Nirmala Sitharaman in a statement. These campaigns are carried by the Central Government to show that it won’t tolerate corruption in it’s government.