New Delhi: The CBI has registered a case against controversial former Income Tax Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Srivastava who was compulsorily retired by the Central government last month along with several other high ranking IT officials, officials here said. The probe agency has accused the former IT official of cheating, forgery, and obtaining undue advantage.The Central Bureau of Investigation started raiding 13 locations related to him and his alleged associates on Friday evening in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Murad Nagar. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Sources here said that Srivastava had employed a private individual by the name of Amardas to write and type up appeal orders for him when he was posted as CIT Appeals 1 in Noida and held additional charge of Appeals 2 in Noida, in exchange for a monthly salary. In fact, officials here said that Srivastava had decided on 104 IT appeals out of which 13 cases were out of his jurisdiction and purportedly uploaded the orders sometime June 2019, backdating them to December 2018. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe CBI has alleged that Srivastava accessed the internal ITBA system of his office between June 11 and June 13 with his RSA token to upload the backdated orders. An RSA token is a personalised pass key issued to officials which allows them to access the ITBA system. Srivastava, a 1989-batch IRS officer, was compulsorily retired on June 10. Moreover, he allegedly manipulated the dispatch records to show that he had dispatched these orders on June 7 when in fact, they were dispatched on June 14. Sources here added that the appeals orders were suspected to be passed in exchange for undue favours. The probe agency recovered jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, cash of Rs 16.44 lakh, and watches worth Rs 10 lakh from Srivastava’s residence in Pandara Road, which was cordoned off on Saturday. Agency sleuths also found Rs 1.3 crore in bank accounts belonging to him and his family members along with incriminating documents and electronic evidence. A bank locker that surfaced during the searches is also being operated upon. The CBI also raided a boutique on Vasant Kunj, allegedly run by Srivastava’s wife. Officials added that incriminating documents pertaining to immovable properties are being investigated. The searches also covered premises of Amardas, Srivastava’s alleged associate and two other Chartered Accountants namely Anil Prahlad Kumar and KP Garg. Kumar’s residence and offices in Ghaziabad were searched whereas Garg’s Garg Brothers and Associates was raided in Nehru Place. While Amardas, Kumar, and Garg are not named as accused in the FIR, sources here said that their premises were covered because prima facie their involvement in the case was suspected. The searches at premises of Kumar and Garg are underway. Interestingly, Srivastava was the one who went after NDTV with allegations of large scale tax evasion and controversial BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy has come out in his support. In fact, when Srivastava was compulsorily retired last month after allegations of sexual harassment against him had come up, Swamy had tweeted that his retirement was wrongful and said that he would take up Srivastava’s case. Even when Srivastava was compulsorily retired, the government had reportedly cited many irregularities. In a government dosier, he had allegedly made scandalous allegations against the women IT officials who had accused him of sexually harassing them.
The election took place on the first day of FAO’s biennial governing Conference, which is running in Rome, where the agency is headquartered, through 13 June. According to a press release, in ballot by FAO member countries today, Mr. Graziano da Silva received a total of 177 out of 182 votes cast.Nominated by Brazil, Graziano da Silva was the only candidate during this year’s election cycle. His new term will run from 31 July 2015 to through July 2019.Addressing the plenary after his re-election, Mr. Graziano da Silva reaffirmed FAO´s commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition.Since taking up the post of FAO Director-General, Mr. Graziano da Silva has spearheaded major transformational changes within the Organization, making FAO more responsive to its Members’ needs.He sharpened the focus of FAO’s work on five strategic objectives, with the new goal of totally eradicating hunger and malnutrition. He also reinforced institutional capacities both in the agency’s headquarters and in the field; found significant cost-savings by streamlining administrative procedures; increased collaboration with external partners; and enhanced support for South-South Cooperation. Mr. Graziano da Silva joined FAO in 2006 as the head of its Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and was first elected Director-General on 26 June 2011. Prior to that, he led the team that designed Brazil’s highly-successful ‘Zero Hunger’ (‘Fome Zero’) programme and led its initial implementation.José Graziano da Silva is the eighth FAO Director-General since the Organization’s founding in 1945.