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Top DRI official held on graft charge

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C. Rajan, Additional Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. File photo
The Hindu C. Rajan, Additional Director General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence. File photo

Searches resulted in the seizure of "incriminating documents". Bank balances to the tune of Rs. 32 lakh and fixed deposits worth Rs. 11 lakh were seized and frozen.

The CBI on Tuesday arrested C. Rajan, Additional Director-General, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, here on charges of taking bribe to do a favour.

According to a CBI press release, F. Ubaidullah of Pudupet lodged a complaint with the agency's Anti-Corruption Branch on March 5 alleging that the DRI had conducted a search on the premises of his friend Joseph where they found cheque leaves of Superking Myatzin, a Burmese national of Indian origin.

DRI officials took steps to freeze the bank account of Mr. Myatzin.

On a request from Joseph, the complainant approached Mr. Rajan seeking to defreeze the bank account. The official demanded a bribe Rs. 10 lakh and subsequently reduced it to Rs. 8 lakh and an iPad for not taking action against Mr. Myatzin under the COFEPOSA Act and for defreezing his bank account. He demanded that Rs. 2 lakh and the iPad, as first instalment, be handed over to his car driver Murugesan.

After conducting preliminary enquiries, the CBI registered a case under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC and other provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. A special team was formed to lay a trap. As the team waited outside, Mr. Ubaidullah went to the house of Mr. Rajan in the Central Government Officers' Quarters on Haddows Road around 8 a.m. Murugesan asked him to come to the office of the DRI in T. Nagar at 4 p.m. When he went there, the driver told him come to a Roman Catholic Church at Mylapore. The complainant, who was closely followed by the CBI team and official witnesses, went there. Murugesan received Rs. 2 lakh and the iPad from Ubaidullah on the church premises and said that they would be handed over to Mr. Rajan.

CBI officials followed the car which picked up Mr. Rajan from his office and went to his residence. After ensuring that the packet containing the money and iPad was taken into the house, the team moved in and apprehended Mr. Rajan and his car driver. Phenolphthalein test conducted on the two gave positive results. The chemical-laced currency notes and the iPad were seized. The release said searches were conducted on the premises of Mr. Rajan, Murugesan and Peel Jamal, believed to be a conduit of Mr. Rajan. The searches resulted in the seizure of “incriminating documents”. Bank balances to the tune of Rs. 32 lakh and fixed deposits worth Rs. 11 lakh were seized and frozen.

The arrested persons were produced before a special judge and remanded in judicial custody till March 21. They were lodged in the Puzhal central prison.

Mr. Rajan has filed a bail application before a Special Court for CBI cases here.

I have had personal association with DRI.The public do not have much
knowledge of the inside politics of the department.For every 20 honest
jobs that the officials do;they take money for 1 job and close the
files.This is done to get a good name in Delhi during promotions.Even
if Mr Rajan was an honest officer to start with;he would have become
corrupt down the line; seeing the widespread and uncontrollable
corruption in his office.It is true that he may have been the first of
the officers to be exposed because he is not as crooked as the rest of
his colleagues and may be relatively new in this lifestyle.After all
nobody is born a saint or a sinner; Everybody becomes one during
his/her pilgrimage down life's lane based on their personal
experiences and situations.

from:  Rakesh Kumar
Posted on: Mar 10, 2012 at 18:29 IST

Mr. Tamilnwsan I do not agree with you. To reclain on easy chair is every one's birth right ; particularly it does not disqualify one from being judgemental. It appears that the first few comments are from people who are close to him and know him well. Logical thinking leads you to the conclusion that, the is nothing incrimination in the 'catches' made by the CBI, including the amount, as of now. I am afraid the only incriminating item is the attitude of the CBI,the unfaithful watch dogs of the country.

from:  Raghavan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 18:10 IST

I am sure it is some trap laid for a sincere and honest official. I know him while he was on a deputation to the UAE. He was a very sincere and a man of integrity. He should get out of this mess and truth should prevail. May GOD be with him.
Rgds
Jaishankar krishnan

from:  jaishankar Krishnan
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 12:32 IST

Mr. Rajan is one of the honest and upright God fearing officers. It is absolutely unbelievable and we are praying for the truth to come out. This is a conspiracy of certain individuals and certainly Mr. Rajan will come out clean and God will honor him. A person who has served the Department so faithfully and sincerely who has also had a stint in Dubai can easily have a saving of Rs. 30.00 Lacs and he does not need money at all as God has given him everything. I am praying for God's deliverance at this crucial juncture and we are there to help you in any and every possible way. May the Government realize the mistake of arresting such an honest officer and may the CBI gain wisdom to find out the truth to book the actual culprit. Is there any one in the Department or from outside who can accuse such a straight forward helpful officer who has always done his duty to glorify God?

from:  Johnson K
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 08:57 IST

So everyone think CBI is wrong and Mr.Rajan is good guy. I do not thing
it is not a such easy thing to frame a high official.He himself would
have done lot of raids similarly. There is a tamil saying one who eat
salt will drink water.

from:  Bala
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 05:06 IST

A brief clarification to Mr. James Gurung please. Just because a person touched the money the
allegation of corruption is not proved against an individual. I know Shri C. Rajan closely almost from
his joining the department. I retired as a Deputy Commissioner having been promoted from ranks. It is
100% sure that he is a man of the highest degree of integrity and honesty and the present episode is a
plot. No single soul in the department may point finger on him even though some of them might have
been hurt because of his law enforcement. Let Mr. James Gurung check up with the officialdom and
also the trade (not frauds) to know the truth.

from:  Jacob
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 04:49 IST

This story, reminds me of one Amitabh Bacchans movie, in which he is
shown as an honest police officer, and landed some money to a poor
person. The poor person, following inducements from Amitabh's enemey,
give him the chemical coated money as if he was returning him the
money Amitabh had landed. As soon as Amitabh get the money in hands,
CBI arrests him, as he was found positive for the chemical.
The same seems to be here, it would not be that difficult to get the
driver into the loop and what happens next....i think no need to say.
But, I did not expect this article in The Hindu. I take this news
paper as gold standard in terms of Journalism. Dear Editors, please do
not let me down, I have no other way to know my India, but The
Hindu.

from:  Vikas Saxena
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 03:37 IST

Surprisingly, readers seem to know more about this official than the Special Correspondent. How are so many people vouching in favor of the DRI? It does not look like they are speaking purely on the basis of the news item. Though I do not know anything about the DRI, I can say that something is fishy in this episode. Have the evidences been planted OR are the comment writers planted? All is NOT well with this case!!

from:  Venaktakrishnan Krishnamoorthy
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 03:33 IST

Anti corruption activists should take his case and fight for his freedom if he claims innocent.
His track record should be taken into account and investigate if this is a case of fixing a
honest officer. In the face of it looks like he is being framed

from:  Jay
Posted on: Mar 9, 2012 at 02:49 IST

None of the above readers know that Mr. Rajan was on a posting to Dubai for 5 years by DRI where he caught several cases to the benefit of government. If he had desired he could have minted crores in Dubai itself. Considering his savings in Dubai and his savings of at least Rs 50,000 a month in India (he has no bad habits to throw away money), the plotter’s story of Rs. 32 lakhs is a mere joke! The anti-social elements do not want him on the hot-seat. Delhi is aware of this. Keen reporting by Deccan Herald itself proves which State/Group is against him. Undoubtedly, Mr. Rajan is an honest, sincere and god-fearing person. This is the reason he was allowed to continue for 6 years in the same post. Some readers talk of waiting for judgment. What is judgment? Even Jesus Christ was judged by Pilot to crucify. Pilot did not want to pronounce the judgment, but was forced by some groups. Mr. Rajan, in these Lent Days, is in the same situation. Whatever be the judgment, we all know

from:  I.M. Bhaskar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 23:34 IST

when i saw his photograph thought again he confiscated a big smuggled
item but disappointed as otherwise. there seems to be something very
fishy or some BIGWIGS playing against him. many times he posed to press
with confiscated stuff. but as a senior and well experienced person why
he took such packet from the driver. even if he done unknowingly ,did he
not asked about the content till he reached home? hope he is not guilty
since in public life very few people keeping their heads high with
social morality and belief which boosts up the public

from:  swamy
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 23:24 IST

I have never seen The Hindu publish photos of murderers and rapists, then why publish Rajan's photo?
And yes, where does 32 lakhs stand in comparison with the crores that are being swindled? It seems quite normal for a person of Rajan's stature to have this much in his account.

from:  trv
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 23:15 IST

I have seen all the comments let the CJ of madras High court call for the records of the case from CBI and call the official (.Shri C.Rajan )and record his version and may decide this case .let this be the rarest of rare case in the judicial history . will Hindu takes this to CJ or CJ on his own if his lordship read this. let the judiciary wake up let them not let down the honesty

from:  S.ELANGO
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 20:56 IST

Sir,
I keep reading stories and the online comments posted by the readers. When everyone is disillusioned against corruption and want the corrupt persons punished immediately, this one story stands apart from the others because of the responses, majority of which are in favor of the officer who has been accused in the plot. I think that this is the only case where the bank balance and the assets of the person involved from such a senior level is so low.. The Lokayukta's raids in Karnataka on an officer in the rank of RTO inspector yields assets worth crores.. So there is definitely something wrong with the story.. All is not well. .In case it happens that the officer is honest and there is a bureaucratic power struggle or political intereference that would be sad.. In any case both are not good news for honest officers and the Government Employees. May the truth prevail and let us not pass any judgement now.

from:  chokkalingam M
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 20:46 IST

Yeah sure, he could have waited and gotten the ipad 4 next year! Phenophthalein positive is called "bribery caught red-handed", the red hand comes from dipping your hand in chemical solution which makes the hand red (somewhat). While so many people are supporting this guy on this forum, maybe these people are also waiting to be caught. It would be very hard to explain the receipt of money by the driver and the driver taking the money to his home..THERE IS A LOT OF EXPALINING TO DO..WHILE HE IS STILL LISTED AS A OFFICIAL INCHARGE ON THE GOVERNMENT'S WEBSITE AS adg CHENNAI zONAL UNIT..WHAT A SHAME..dri BETTER TAKE OFF HIS NAME FROM THE WEBSITE WHILE THE INVESTIGATION GOES ON...

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 20:45 IST

The comments made by various people herein-above suggest that Rajan is honest. How is it that they vouchsafe for his conduct? CBI has been trailing him for the past few weeks and he has been caught only after proper evidence. Officials who handle high profile departments when found indulging in corrupt practices, must be punished in public. Someone has mentioned that The Hindu should not have published Rajan's photo. when the paper has been publishing his photo, whenever he does good, it is but just that his photo is published when he does anything wrong.

from:  JAYARAMAN V S
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 20:35 IST

>If the Phenolphthalein test is positive, it is clear that he has
handled the money. But he may try and get out of it by making his
driver take the blame for it. CBI should make the driver an approver
as soon as possible.

My only doubt in this case is, why did he not wait for a few months
and ask for an Ipad3 as a bribe? Why settle for an Ipad2?

from:  James Gurung
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 19:55 IST

An officer served the nation by detecting so many evasion cases
involving crores of rupees, prevented smuggling of many endangered
spices; detected so much of hawala transactions; violation of exim
policy provisions; timely detection of breach of security norms -
detection of smuggling of narcotics drug recently at chennai airport ,
he is being regarded in high esteem by all the sincere officers of the
Department. He has been a source of inspiration. It is not true and
nothing but cooked/fabricated case on the instructions of somebody who
were directly affected by his bold actions taken to uphold law.

from:  balasubramanian
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 19:14 IST

How sad. A honest official busting cases on a regular basis has been taken up by the CBI for reasons unknown. Excellent!

from:  Sathish
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 18:43 IST

I am appalled by the fact this guy is going to be let free on bail. If he is let go free on bail, I would be left with the belief that there is no law and order in this country. This might be the case of the Bear which was left to take care of the honey pot. And the talk is that bringing back the black money stashed away abroad and the boys of DRI were going to enjoy a vacation in British Virgin Island starting on March 09. Good luck.

from:  Krishna S Bala
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 18:15 IST

An honest officer can never be punished whether in a local govt. or central government. Also CBI/ACB can judge a person on seeing his/her monthly contribution to GPF account and the way one is living, spending money.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 17:22 IST

Mr. Rajan is literally the face of customs department in
Tamilnadu. He is one of the honest officers of the department. This
surely appears to be a case without foundation. He is of the rank of a
commissioner and his salary alone comes to about 1.2-1.4 lakh per
month. Having 32 lakhs is no wonder at all. Besides, he was not
directly caught and there is all probability that either his driver
was bribed or threatened to collude in order to trap him. He has dealt
with cases worth crores of rupees and literally gave the smugglers a
run. Indeed it is a sad day for the customs department.

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 17:15 IST

Ram, you are right. So many people are talking about corrupt politicians and othere here and generally. But politician who are not educated at all learn all the malpractice first hand from these bureaucracy persons and then they make it real big. First of all anyone who is caught with bribe of any money should by punished severely. Only severe punishments will give this country a good future. If there was no corruption in the past 60 years, our country would have been worlds super power and economically in high position!!! But because of lack of unity and fear of going against bureaucrats we are still in this worst position!!!

from:  Harish
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 16:48 IST

" Phenolphthalein test conducted on the two gave positive results "....The tests cannot lie. How did Rajan and his driver get tainted with this trace marker chemical from the currency notes , which was set by the CBI ?

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 16:44 IST

CBI come up with a better story. This is a hideous way in which a top administrator known for this honesty is made a scape goat by some criminals with favors from politicians. It's a shame and disgrace to a country where mother of all criminals/smugglers/tax evaders with crores and crores of money stashed in god forsaken places can roam around free. Wake up India...don't cut off the arm that feeds you (People responsible for the development).

from:  Raman
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 15:48 IST

He is very honest and God fearing official such a plot will not stand for a long time, truth will come and shall prevail. It is pity and ridiculous that only honesty is not enough to be honest.

from:  Reginald
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 15:31 IST

Honest or otherwise, what right does The Hindu (or any other media agency, for that mattter) have to print his photograph - when they don't publish the photos of many criminals in politics? The Hindu would do well to re-look at its editorial policies, to safeguard the lofty standards set by it in yesteryears.

from:  Sridhar Kalyan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 15:08 IST

As there are so many persons vouchsafing the integrity of the officer it is unfair for the reputed News paper like The Hindu to publish his photo.

from:  VSBALASUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 14:46 IST

I do wonder if any powerful government official can actually be honest.
So much power, so little real responsibility, the risk reward ratio is
very skewed. Except in a trap case such as this one, it's very unlikely
that the official will be convicted. Subsequent to acquittal they will
be reinstated. Given this, instilling a fear of the common citizen in
the Government official is good. Keeps them in check. See the situation
in the Adarsh case - lawyers taking money to dilute the cases against
Government servants - virtually not one will be punished.

from:  deepak
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 14:04 IST

The above comment appear to be in favour of Officer which would be
true by verifying evidence. Rs.32 lakhs for such super class one
officer is not disproportionate as 6th pay has given much more and
it is true that one simple living officer can save 10lakhs per year.
Whatever the approach adopted by CBI is not red handed evidence as
his driver may be managed by culprit. It is common practice that bag
and other items are picked up from car by driver and delivered it to
officer's home. If genuinely he is corrupt he, officer of high rank,
would have not adopted this way for taking bribe of meagre amount
of Rs.2 lakhs. DRI is involved in high profile cases and resolved
the cases of crores of rupees. Certainly CBI should have found
crore of Rs in cash and crore of FD and investment in real estate
but this is not happen in this case. Obviously this is case of
scapegoating.

from:  Atul Warhekar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:59 IST

only yesterday someone was mentioning that it is not the good old days when we worked and to show our honesty we used to raise the palm and say 'see how clean it is, even the pen has not leaked' and the persons in chorus said don't raise your hands, it means something else now. Lo, honesty has its own price. if Raja is an honest person, he has to undergo all these hazards these days when politicians rule the ruse.

from:  n.ramaswami irps
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:55 IST

I do not think a guy at this position would get such small amount as
bribe and also the evidence is not so incriminating. They do not have
any conversation either video or audio. Also ppl dunno what happened
inside the officer's home when the driver took the money and iPad
inside. THe driver would have been helping the complainant and would
have somehow made the officer to touch the money and iPad and a guy in
the position of ADG having mere 32 lakhs as his bank balance after
working all these years is not a big thing.

from:  Mahesh
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:45 IST

When CBI caught hold red handededly a corrupt official, how come so many people made comments without verifying the facts. A central Government official who has to serve only 3 years has extended his stay for about 10 years with hook or crook. This itself shows that he is not honest. A person who tasted salt has to drink water.

from:  ram
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 13:26 IST

All those who commented have passed a judgement that the officer is not guilty. Mark you, none of these persons were anywhere near him. Just based on the news report and with Anna Hazare's campaign at the back of the mind and relaxing in the easy chair these people have passed judgements. Where is the intelligence among us? Why do you rush to exonerate a corruption charged officer? Let courts do it. Are you the judge? Let us be balanced in our approach.

from:  Tamilnesan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 12:59 IST

Sh. C Rajan has a track record of honesty and commentable output in his service which realised crores of rupees to the nation. The news is really unbelievable. The amount 32 laks is nothing huge today who has a salary over more than a lakh per month . The bribe news seems to be on loose ground to trap a officer who discharge his duty for the nation. Anyway days ahead will tell the truth.

from:  Babu
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 12:21 IST

Police and CBI are tools in the hand of corrupted politicians. They are easily deceived or bought by this crooks to be used when honest officers or bureaucrats deal with them honestly. It is a plot straight from Bollywood.

Imagine when crores and crores scam are involved, they slept peacefully. They wake up to investigate 32lakhs in Senior officer account. How could they be so dumb? No wonder so many murders,scams, etc go unsolved.

from:  Shimray
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 11:39 IST

Mr. C. Rajan is an honest officer. For his 30 yaers of service, he has served in many sensitive places viz. Air Customs, Sea Customs as well as the present one DRI. In all places especially in DRI, he has booked many cases and saved govt. money. He was the terror for the smugglers. It is nothing but the charges attempted to frame by the smugglers who are behind the political heavyweights. Mr. Rajan will come out from the legal battle with a clean image.

from:  Babu
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 11:35 IST

People worked in Chennai airport knows about his 'honesty'. How he was allowed to continue
for more than 6 years in sensitive posts in Chennai, that itself is a violation of IRS officers'
transfer policy. The one who permitted such violation should be punished first. As regards
recovery of a few lacs from his house the above writers need not have to give explanation for
its sources. The more CBI dig i am sure more would come out. Finally the court would give
judgement not public.

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 11:13 IST

Let us wait & see. Rule of law will take its own course of action. Anyway innocent should not be punished !

from:  Venkat
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 11:09 IST

Mr.Rajan is a very sincere and honest officer and has been framed in this case. He will come out clean. Sathyameva Jeyathe.

from:  Sudhakar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 10:41 IST

I entirely agree with the above comments. It is the plot by
smugglers and hand-in-glove with CBI. CBI acts on money and
they are more corrupt than smugglers themselves. It is a fake
case and it will be unearthed.

from:  Saurab
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 10:17 IST

Looks like a plot to fix a honest officer.

from:  Kings
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 10:17 IST

Now a days, capturing IRS 50 lakhs is nothing from anybody's house who
is in service for more than 20 years. Av. saving per year is not less
than 2-3 lakhs. If they have concrete evidence that there is an evasion
of tax, improper asset possessed by him, it has been confirmed that the
money has been received by him against this case, then only it is wise
even to remand then to the custody. otherwise it is injustice and
nobody can repay the days he lost in Jail and the mental disturbance can
not be compensated.

from:  Chandrasekaran
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 09:59 IST

Isnt it normal for people to have 34 lakhs in bank account ? When there are scams to the tune of 1000Cr which is 100000 times more why does CBI not look into making Kalmadi's case stronger ?

from:  Ramesh
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 09:59 IST

The above comment may be true and if he is a corrupt officer the bank balances and fixed deposits are not substantially high

from:  Sam
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 09:52 IST

"Honesty is the best policy", during school days we are taught and
advised to follow.An officer of high integrity being caught for working
with due diligence is arrested. I personally feel that he would not have
involved in this case and it might be a master plan of some smuggling
group who were affected because of his strict vigilance. Hope the
concept of rule of law still exists in our country.

from:  velmurugan
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 08:30 IST

Amount reported in bank account is nominal for ADG position. If the demand of Rs 10 lakhs as bribe is true as stated for one case then the person should have amassed in crores and not in lakhs. Whether an honest person is being trapped or got the starting thread of big corruption? Something not tying up well.

from:  Alex
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 08:24 IST

i fully agree with jayanth. this is the pathetic situation in this
country. those who work sincerely are targeted somehow and the govt.
agencies are used as tools in such plots. soon truth will come out and
the officer will emerge clean.

from:  kishore
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 08:05 IST

The story lacks credibility. He has dealt with, hundreds of cases, involving crores of rupees. Very recently, he sent back many containers of banned toys, from China. It is glaringly visible that the arrest is backed by political heavy weights. Now a days,in our judicial system, we have to wait and wait, for a long time, to see the Truth, if at all it comes out. These days, you cannot simply be Honest, but you have to safeguard yourself from dishonest people, especially when you have to act against their interests. I am sure, he is an able officer, to come out clean, shortly.

from:  Chellakumar
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 07:12 IST

@Jayanth is it so, he is honest? Then how come the money and iPad are touched by him? Let the truth come out. Corrupt officials at high places are more dangerous that petty politicians. Their tenure is 20 to 25 years and will teach politicians all the loop holes to make money. It is extremely rare to find honest officials in customs and RI. The temptation and offers are too lucrative to avoid.

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Mar 8, 2012 at 06:10 IST

This incident appears to be a plant. He is known for his integrity. He is also known for his information sources, which lead to detection of numerous cases, investigated by the DRI. I believe that the CBI ought to have waited before arresting him. Very unfair.

from:  S. krishnanandh
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 22:04 IST

He is an honest officer there is no doubt about it. This seems to be a
plot by an MNC and some smugglers against whom he registered mammoth
evasion and smuggling cases recently to remove him with the help of top
politicians and their tool the CBI, since all other efforts by them to
remove him failed. Facts will come out soon.

from:  jayanth
Posted on: Mar 7, 2012 at 21:15 IST
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