CBI books case against GST official
Central Bureau of Investigation, Hyderabad, registered a case of disproportionate assets against a senior official of the Hyderabad GST Commissionerate and assets to the tune of ₹3.74 crore were unearthed during simultaneous raids conducted in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and other places in the Telugu speaking states on Tuesday.
Raids were conducted on the residences of Bollineni Srinivasa Gandhi, presently working as Superintendent, Anti Evasion Wing, Hyderabad GST Commissionerate.
While working as public servant in different capacities including Assistant Director in Directorate of Enforcement and as Superintendent of Central GST, Hyderabad between 2010 and 2019, the said official amassed assets in his name and in the name of family members, according to 10-page FIR filed by the CBI.
The FIR said Mr. Gandhi joined the Central Excise department in 1992 as Inspector and was promoted as Superintendent in 2002 and posted at Hyderabad Commissionerate. He went on deputation to DRI in 2003 and from there to ED in 2004 and remained there till 2017.
Information revealed that during 2010, he was holding assets to the tune of ₹21 lakh but between 2010 and 2019, it rose to ₹3.74 crore. He owned a house in Kukatpalli valued at ₹1.20 crore. The CBI sleuths also unearthed documents pertaining to purchase of plots and lands in Vijayawada, Kankipadu (Krishna district) and over half-a-dozen places in the City and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.
Sources said a case was registered against Mr. Gandhi and his wife B.Sireesha under sections 13 (2), read with 13 (1) (b) of Prevention of Corruption Act.
It was pointed out that Mr. Gandhi while working in ED was part of the team that probed the money laundering case against YSR Congress president and present AP Chief Minister Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy and others.
A senior official wishing anonymity said that Mr. Gandhi was in ED and handled high profile cases including against Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy. “He recently came to GST Commissionerate,” the source said.
Source- The Hindu.
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