Sunday, July 8, 2012

Who is the Kingpin of CSD(I) Nationwide Corruption Racket?

The Hindu: MUMBAI, July 4, 2012
MUMBAI: Days after the raiding the NDA in Pune, the Central Bureau of Investigation busted a nationwide corruption racket involving officials of the Canteen Stores Department of Defence Ministry and a private company, a CBI official said. While one official, Bikas Ranjan Daschaudhary, Joint-General Manager, CSD Mumbai, was caught red-handed accepting a bribe from officials of the private company, Messrs. Sankalp Consumer Products Pvt Ltd, a director of the same company was arrested in Pune.
Besides the duo, two more were nabbed in Pune.
They will be produced before a CBI Special Court here tomorrow (Sunday) before a holiday magistrate for remand.
Following a complaint, the CBI registered a case against Sankalp, which allegedly functioned as an unauthorized marketing arm and representating several companies, contravening CSD’s policies.
Through one of its directors, Milind Govilkar, Sankalp and CSD officials allegedly conspired to manipulate the requirements of the CSD which benefitted the private compnay’s clients.
Similary, the CSD officials ‘helped’ Sankalp at various levels like introducing the items (required by CSD), price revisions, delayed or excess supplies, creating demands, allocating budgets, etc. In return for these favourable decisions, Sankalp, through Govilkar, paid huge amounts of bribe to the CSD officials, the CBI alleged. For instance, today, Daschaudhary was caught accepting Rs. 1.25 lakhs from Govilkar, at the former’s residence in Napean Sea in south Mumbai.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a serving Brigadier in the city, on charges of involvement in a corruption case for promoting goods of one specific agency to the Ministry of Defence’s Central Stores Department, also known as CSD, CBI sources said here on Tuesday.
In addition, CBI raided 20 places around the country at the official and private residences of the accused and suspect officials and recovered incriminating documents, huge amounts of cash and jewellery. The raids are still continuing. With this, the number of arrests in the scandal has risen to five. CBI sources said the number of arrests is expected to increase, since only one middleman has been arrested so far.
The Central Stores Department’s annual supply is worth around Rs. 10,000 crore, as it serves 20 lakh retired and serving officers of the defence services in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. Its head office is located in Mumbai. The officials and middlemen of M/s Sankalp arrested so far have been charged with entering into a criminal conspiracy and manipulating the demand of various CSD items in favour of the clients of M/s Sankalp.
Giving information on the recent arrest on Tuesday, a CBI press note stated, “Brigadier Shri Anuj Kainthla, Joint General Manager-I, had accepted Rs. 7.5 lakh from M/s. Sankalp, for taking a favourable decision at various stages, such as introduction of items, price revision, and issue of supply orders. During initial investigation, it is revealed that he invested the ill-gotten money in real estate at Panchkula.”
“CSD officials also favoured M/s. Sankalp at various stages, such as introduction of new items, price revision, delayed and excess supply, demand creation, artificial budget allocation, etc. In lieu of favour, M/s. Sankalp, through Shri Milind Govilkar, paid huge illegal gratification to several officials of CSD,” CBI said in its press release.
M/s Sankalp was found to have been flouting norms by acting as a marketing arm of many companies. It is against the policies laid down by CSD.
The Hindu Report
Headquartered in Mumbai, with a huge budget, the CSD operates five regional offices, 34 depots and 3825 canteen (stores) all over India to provide consumer goods to the active duty and retired personnel of Army, Navy and Air Force. Besides Daschaudhary and Govilkar (who was nabbed in Pune), CBI has arrested Vilas Harer and Manohar Vibhute. This vast empire is gigantic cauldron of corruption fine tuned by culprits seated in MOD and AHQ. This monster cannot be tamed by a few corruption cases lodged by the CBI. Drastic changes need be made to clean up the rot. The quality of products coming into the CSD for the troops is spurious, substandard and over priced to make huge profits. 50% of of this loot goes to the Government (Consolidated Funds of India) as black marketted booty (in addition to the Flag Day collection).

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