Cen­tre Holds Back Sanc­tion to CBI to Pros­e­cute Alok Ran­jan

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Af­ter agree­ing to the Ut­tar Pradesh’s gov­ern­ment’s re­quest to ex­tend chief sec­re­tary Alok Ran­jan’s ten­ure by three months, the Cen­tre has held back sanc­tion to the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion to pros­e­cute him in an al­leged case of cor­rup­tion.

The CBI al­le­ga­tion is that Ran­jan favoured pri­vate com­pa­nies dur­ing his­tenureas­man­ag­ingdi­rec­toratthe Na­tional Agri­cul­ture Co­op­er­a­tive Mar­ket­ing Fed­er­a­tion (Nafed). The CBI had also ac­cused his deputy and then ad­di­tional MD, Homi Ra­j­vansh, an IRS of­fi­cer, of al­leged cor­rup­tion and sought sanc­tion against both of­fi­cers last Septem­ber.

Ran­jan did not re­spond to ET calls and text mes­sages. A CBI spokesper­son, how­ever, con­firmed that it had sought the Cen­tre’s sanc­tion to pros­e­cute the two of­fi­cers but has not re­ceived­per­mis­sion­so­far.Ac­cord­ingto an agency of­fi­cial, a chargesheet has been filed in the al­leged Nafed scam. Ac­cord­ing­totheCBI,three­FIRswere reg­is­tered to probe al­leged mis­use of funds by Nafed of­fi­cials since 2004. The agency ac­cused of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing its MD, of cheat­ing, forgery and

CBI, three FIRs were reg­is­tered to probe al­leged mis­use of funds by Nafed of­fi­cials since 2004

ac­cused of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, of cheat­ing, forgery and crim­i­nal con­spir­acy

the CBI case and was dis­charged in two cases by the high court, but there is an FIR in a third case crim­i­nal con­spir­acy. Ran­jan chal­lenged the CBI case and was dis­charged­int­wocas­es­bythe­high­court, but there is an FIR in a third case. The CBI said Ran­jan, who joined Nafed on dep­u­ta­tion in 2003 and later took over as MD, par­tic­i­pated in all meet­ings and ap­proved all trans­ac­tions en­tered into with pri­vate com­pa­nies that later re­sulted in loss to the ex­che­quer. The ‘ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties’ came to light in 2006 when a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion was filed against Nafed al­leg­ing bungling of funds in non-agri­cul­tural busi­ness.

Ran­jan, a 1978 batch IAS of­fi­cer, was to re­tire on March 31. Con­sid­ered to be close to chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav, he was ap­pointed chief sec­re­tary in May 2014, re­plac­ing Javed Us­mani, af­ter SP’s poor show in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

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