‘Probe into charges against ED official’

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has asked the Revenue Department to inquire into the serious allegations of corruption and disproportionate assets of ED official Rajeshwar Singh and his brother Rameshwar Singh, posted in a key position in Income-Tax Department in Surat, Gujarat.

The PMO’s move came after a complaint with details of alleged corruption and assets and benami properties was sent by one Anil Galgali on April 10, 2018 to the PMO.

A copy of the complaint, titled “Details of properties acquired by black money and corruption of more than ₹500 crore of Mr Rameshwar Singh (IRS – 1988) Principal Director (investigation), Surat and his family”, is available with The Hindu .

“The PMO received the complaint and we are looking into the details as per instruction,” a senior official in the Revenue department told The Hindu , refusing to divulge further details.

He, however, clarified that “some allegations are old and some new; hence need a detailed probe.”

Property deals

Properties allegedly owned by the brothers and their family members (most of them in elite services such as the IPS and the IRS) that are mentioned in the letter, include flats, farm houses, bungalows, residential plots in Lucknow, Noida and Greater Noida, Allahabad and Mumbai.

Besides giving details of the alleged properties and assets , the complaint also names certain individuals, describing them as middlemen or fronts for the brothers.

The individuals named in the complaint letter are one Rajesh Malik of Carnoustie Group, Captain Das, Rahit Sahai and Pankaj Tandon.

Assets worth crores

“Since 2011-16, the kind of growth registered by Rajesh Malik Carnoustie Group is unbelievable. In Noida alone, he has assets of more than ₹1100 crore,” Mr Galgali’s complaint states.

The complainant has alleged that bribe money from 2G case accused persons and companies was channelised through Rajesh Malik’s companies.

Mr. Galgali also accused Rameshwar Singh of close proximity to CBDT chairman Shushil Chandra, who was recently given a second extension by the Centre.

It may be noted that on Wednesday, the vacation bench of the Supreme Court allowed the Centre to look into the serious allegations against Rajeshwar Singh, who is probing the Aircel-Maxis deal case involving former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his family members, and also the 2G Spectrum case.

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