CBI probes own men on charges of influencing case against IRS officer

The CBI is probing its own officers on charges of being in touch with an alleged middleman to influence investigation in a case against an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

It is suspected that these unnamed officials belong to the Anti-Corruption 3 unit of the agency. There are around half-a-dozen teams of investigators headed by a deputy inspector general (DIG) rank officer in the agency’s Anti-Corruption zone. Unlike other zones, the Anti-Corruption zone is entrusted with probes only into big ticket corruption cases.

“We have arrested one Rakesh Tiwari who provides catering service at the Palika Services Officers Institute at Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri area of the national capital. Searches are going on in the connection with the case. We have recovered more than Rs 2.5 crore from Tiwari’s premises. We will seek clarification about the source of money in due course,” said a CBI official on condition of anonymity.

The CBI FIR, seen by HT, says that investigators were looking into charges of corruption against an IRS officer Vivek Batra, and had questioned Neeraj Raja Kochhar, who runs a company by the name Viraj Profiles in Mumbai.

The agency suspected that some of Batra’s money was being parked in the company. An email sent to company remained unanswered. Batra could not immediately be reached for comment. .

The FIR says that Tiwari was in touch with Kochar for facilitating “relief” and providing case-related “sensitive information”. It added that Tiwari accepted money from Kocchar through a Hawala dealer in Chandni Chowk.

“Tiwari was arrested when he accepted a part payment of Rs 15 lakh. The deal was settled for Rs 35 lakh. He was produced before court on Wednesday and has been sent to CBI custody for further interrogation,” added the CBI official cited above.

First Published: Aug 09, 2018 00:35 IST

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