Jaipur: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against 15 accused including private companies based at Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal and their directors, proprietors, partners and unknown others on the allegations of causing loss of about Rs.52.8 crore to the government exchequer, according to a CBI spokesperson.
The CBI had earlier registered a preliminary enquiry. The spokesperson said it was revealed during preliminary enqiuiry that Muriate of Potash (MOP), a restricted item, could be exported only with the prior permission of the government. The imported Muriate of Potash (MOP) is supplied by M/s Indian Potash Limited (IPL) to farmers through its authorized dealers at subsidized rates and claims the subsidy from the government of India.
“It was also found that the MOP was allegedly exported in guise of Feldspar Powder/Industrial Salt to overseas buyers. Further to cover up the transaction, fictitious purchase of the Feldspar Powder/Industrial Salt through dealers in Rajasthan and Kolkata were allegedly shown. It was alleged that the accused had hatched a conspiracy during the period 2007 to 2009 with others including unknown officials of Central Board of Excise & Customs & M/s Indian Potash Limited etc. and fraudulently helped to purchase and export total 24003 MT of Muriate of Potash in guise of Industrial Salt/Feldspar Powder, causing loss of subsidy of about Rs.52.8 crore,” according to CBI.
Searches are being conducted today at around 15 locations in the state of Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal at the premises of accused.
Those who have been named in the FIR include Pravin Saraf, Dinesh Chandra Agarwal, Kailashpuri Goswami, Shantilal Mali, Sumerpuri Goswami, Vijay Singh Gohil, Brijesh Jayram Nath, Ashok Babulal Agarwal, Agrasain Gehlot, Amritlal Bandi, Sharadbhai Morarjibhai Kakkad, Nitin Kumar Shah, Deendayal Bohra, and Sumit Sharma. Agrasain Gehlot is the brother of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.