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Raids on IRS officer, crores in cash and property unearthed
The CBI raided seven locations - official and residential - of an IRS officer accused of corruption, and recovered Rs.20 crore cash, records of investment of another Rs.20 crore and details of other property, an official said on Tuesday.
 
The agency had registered a case against the IRS officer, presently a financial advisor and chief accounts officer at the Employees Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) here, for allegedly accumulating assets in his name which are disproportionate to his known sources of income.
 
Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sanjay Kumar, his wife Smita Soni, some unidentified persons and two other firms based in Mumbai and New Delhi have been booked by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the case.
 
"It was alleged that the officer of EPFO had accumulated assets in his name and in the names of his family members which are disproportionate to his known sources of income," said a CBI official.
 
The IRS officer's wife had allegedly abetted him in the offence by investing the money through the said firms.
 
The agency conducted searches at seven locations in New Delhi, Mumbai and Patna.
 
"The searches were carried out at the official and residential premises of the IRS officer and others which led to the recovery of Rs.20 crore cash, incriminating documents relating to investments worth Rs.20 crore, properties, fixed deposits and others," the official said.
 
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Subramani P K

1 year ago

Confiscate the properties & all the money with this officer & his relatives who ever is benefited by his corrupt practice. Similar raids should be conducted at the premises of all govt. officials, politicians,businessmen, cine actors,professionals etc. and all unaccounted money confiscated without fear or favour. If all unaccounted money is confiscated lot of relief in taxation can be given to salaried class who are subject to TDS. If taxation is reduced to an acceptable limit tax evasion can also be controlled.

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Sreenivas Ananthakrihna

In Reply to Subramani P K 1 year ago

It's hard to believe anything that comes in news these days. Maybe this officer was honest and this is a setup to implicate him and save other senior officers.

D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to Sreenivas Ananthakrihna 1 year ago

Well, whom do you believe? Kirti Azad or Arun Jaitley? The news of both sides has been deafening the ears of the country for quite some time past, as you know, regarding the affairs of the Delhi Cricket Association, etc.

D S Ranga Rao

1 year ago

Mere arrest and recovery of alleged disproportionate assets from the government officials is not enough, please. All his assets, including those of his family members, blood relatives, etc., should be attached forthwith immediately after the arrest, before the accused gets bail and should be in the court custody till the final disposal of the case. The modus operandi of the accused paying to his lawyers, his family expenses, etc., should be thoroughly checked and scrutinized so as to know the sources of his income after the arrest and seizure of his property and assets. The instant case being a high official of the EPFO, where a lot of innocent workers and hard laborers save their hard earned money in good faith and trust, the accused doesn't deserve any mercy or leniency at all.

S K Gupta

1 year ago

Make some real product and services to make money. Add some value to the society. Sitting on a plump post and milking the exchequer cow, how long will it go on?

Cabinet approves model agreement on visa exemption
 The union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday approved the model agreement on exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and official passports.
 
"This would facilitate visa-free entry, transit and stay up to 90 days (or less) in any period of 180 days (or more) in the territory of India or signatory country for holders of diplomatic and official passports of either country," an official release said.
 
It said the move was part of India's ongoing efforts to expand the envelope of visa-free travel for holders of diplomatic and official passports to other countries.
 
Visa-free agreements have been signed with 69 countries, but there still more than 130 countries with which India is yet to enter or sign similar agreements, the release said.
 
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Don't neglect, marginalise mental health patients: President
People facing mental health issues should not be subjected to neglect and marginalization, said President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.
 
"It is also an important priority to address the stigma experienced by persons who are mentally ill. They should not continue to be subjected to neglect and marginalisation," he said at an event at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurological Sciences (NIMHANS) to dedicate it as an institute of national importance.
 
Mukherjee lauded the objective of the National Mental Health Policy to speedily integrate mental health care services into general health care as part of non-communicable diseases, highlighting that India got its first comprehensive mental health policy only as recently as October.
 
"I am glad to note that it (the policy) covers several aspects of mental health - including the rights of the mentally ill, the need to provide support to care givers, decriminalisation of suicide - and other progressive policy initiatives," he said, stressing the need to ensure priority to develop mental healthcare professionals and innovative methods to deliver care.
 
Mukherjee called upon medical institutions to adopt IT to invigorate healthcare delivery.
 
"The use of IT to invigorate health care delivery also helps in reducing costs, optimising resource management and minimising paper work. The e-hospital and e-project programmes taken up by NIMHANS are, therefore, excellent initiatives, worthy of emulation by other institutions," he said.
 
Appreciating NIMHANS' initiatives like brain bank, free legal aid clinic in its outpatient block, centre for well being, centre for public health and centre for addiction medicine, he said: "I have no doubt that NIMHANS will continue to inspire and support the development of the mental health sector at state, national and even international levels." 
 
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