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  • MHA official's graft case transferred to Daman
    editor editor on Thursday, July 19, 2012 reviews [0]
    NEW DELHI: A trial court has transferred the alleged Rs 340-crore excise duty case, involving a senior ministry of home affairs and others, to a special CBI court at Daman.

    "The case is transferred to Daman as the offence was committed within the territorial bounds of the competent court there," Additional sessions judge O P Saini said. The counsel for senior IAS officer O Ravi, Rakesh Rastogi and Ashok Khemani had earlier said the trial court in Delhi had no jurisdiction to hear CBI plea seeking their custody. Initially, the three accused were produced before Delhi court following their arrest in the case.

    Ravi, a 1983 batch IAS officer, who was working as joint secretary (disaster management) in the MHA,
    allegedly took a bribe of Rs 25 lakh through Rastogi, alleged middleman, to get the Daman administrator transferred.

    Khemani, owner of Royal distilleries, was having problems with the administrator as he was allegedly posing hurdles in the attempt to evade excise duty. The Delhi court, on May 3, granted four days' transit remand to CBI for taking the accused to Daman for further probe into the matter.

    It also dismissed the plea of Khemani that CBI be directed to take him to Daman by air and not by train as he was suffering from cardiac ailment. CBI, meanwhile, also arrested three excise officials at Daman.

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