Nagpur: The Anti-Corruption Branch of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday seized jewellery worth about Rs 26 lakh from the locker of UCO Bank of Mukul Patil, Joint Commissioner of Central GST. He was arrested earlier this week along with chartered accountant Hemant Rajandekar for allegedly accepting a bribe of around Rs 4 lakh.
Earlier, the Central Bureau of Investigation had seized around Rs 13.25 lakh in cash, from Mukul Patil’s residence and office. About 40 tola of gold and documents related to many properties in the name of him and his family members were also seized. Two diaries containing code word messages and contents have been recovered from Hemant Rajandekar office. Along with this, the mobile phones of these two accused are also under the scanner of Central Bureau of Investigation.
Patil and Hemant Rajandekar have been arrested even after the complaint of Yavatmal businessman Jayant Choupane.
Summon some CGST officers
The Central Bureau of Investigation is yet to ascertain the ownership of the jewellery found in Patil’s locker. The sources also said that the properties, valuables, and cash recovered so far from Patil will be compared with his official income. Overvaluation of the amount recovered from Patil’s possession during post-arrest search would also amount to further criminal action under the provisions of disproportionate assets (DPA).
Central Bureau of Investigation, which is all set to summon some CGST officers, After completing nearly 48 hours in Patil’s custody, it will also send an official communication to the department to confirm the suspension. The investigating agency is also ready to alert CGST that Patil’s suspension was much needed to ensure a free and fair investigation. Because other officers will also be needed a lot for interrogation.
Central Bureau of Investigation is fully prepared to interrogate CAs working with the CGST department to investigate more such cases. Where demand notices and show cause have been issued.