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Ministry facilitators penetrated deep

Ministry facilitators penetrated deep
CBI sleuths who carried out searches in the country’s financial capital on a law firm and a Chartered Accountant in connection with its probe. The raids were conducted at the premises of a law firm “Chitale Associates” and MJM & Co. owned by Mitesh J Majithia (Chartered Account firm) in
Mumbai. While “Chitale Associates” have their office at Worli, Majithias are running their establishment from Mulund West.

The sources said so far the probe has indicated that “first and second” level of decision making in the two ministries relating to foreign investments was allegedly “compromised”, certainly a serious charge which indicates the reach of the people who allegedly leaked documents.  They said the names of some more officials of these two ministries and about five more corporate groups have cropped up during investigation which will be probed by CBI in the near future. The sources said a senior official has been sent to Mumbai for overseeing the probe in the matter.

“A section of corporate groups beside five more consultancy firms are under scanner. Several copies of government files and notices mainly belonging to the Ministry of Finance and Commerce were seized from their offices. A senior CBI officer from New Delhi is in Mumbai to coordinate the investigation,” CBI sources said.

Speaking exclusively to Millennium Post over telephone from an undisclosed location, Mitesh J Majithia, whose office was raided, claimed innocence. He said: “Mumbai based CA Khemchand Gandhi (who is presently under custody) gave me some government documents for accounting, which is my job. How I am supposed to know that these documents were stolen as a part of a bigger conspiracy.”

When asked what kind of documents Gandhi had given him, he said, “Most of the documents were based on applications and I received it as a part of my job for accounting purpose. But I am still confused on why CBI sleuths have searched my offices. The CBI officers got in touch with me over telephone since I am not in Mumbai and I will cooperate in their probe.”

On Thursday CBI arrested under-secretary, Ashok Kumar Singh, from the Department of Disinvestment & Grievances, Lala Ram Sharma, a section officer with the Department of Economic Affairs along with a Mumbai based CA Khemchand Gandhi. The house and office of Daljeet Singh, an upper divisional clerk in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion Board, was raided but he has not been detained yet.

Based on documents seized in the last 48 hours, CBI sleuths alleged that they were involved in  “corporate espionage” for the past two years. On the context of money being exchanged between them and the receiver, CBI sources said: “Since it is an ongoing probe, the quantum of money involved is not yet known. During interrogation Gandhi has provided us vital clues and revealed names of Chitale Associates and Mitesh J. Majithia.”     

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