Pros­e­cu­tion of for­mer Niti CEO, three oth­ers okayed in INX case

Flat-wise OCs in Noida to help in reg­istry Govt re­tires 15 sr tax of­fi­cers, mostly for graft

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Reg­istry of flats in de­layed projects will be­come eas­ier after the Noida Au­thor­ity on Fri­day de­cided to is­sue flat-wise oc­cu­pancy cer­tifi­cates, re­lax­ing its ear­lier rule of is­su­ing these doc­u­ments tower-wise. The de­ci­sion was taken at the board meet­ing of the Au­thor­ity, amid con­cerns of the state los­ing rev­enue be­cause of a huge num­ber of pend­ing reg­istries. So if a de­vel­oper has com­pleted, say, 10 flats in a 100flat tower, OCs can be is­sued for these 10, al­low­ing own­ers to ap­ply for reg­istries. New Delhi: The gov­ern­ment on Fri­day gave the CBI the go-ahead to pros­e­cute Sind­hushree Khullar, the for­mer CEO of Niti Aayog, along with three other of­fi­cers in the INX Me­dia case in which for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter P Chi­dambaram and his son Karti are ac­cused. Khullar was ad­di­tional sec­re­tary in the depart­ment of eco­nomic af­fairs dur­ing 2004-2008.

The CBI has also been given the nod to pro­ceed against Anup K Poo­jari, for­mer sec­re­tary in the MSME min­istry; Pra­bodh Sax­ena, cur­rently prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary in the Hi­machal Pradesh gov­ern­ment; and Rabindra Prasad, a for­mer un­der­sec­re­tary-rank of­fi­cial. All of them were al­legedly in­volved in pro­cess­ing the For­eign In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion Board clear­ance of INX Me­dia.

The Cen­tral Board of Di­rect Taxes on Fri­day com­pul­so­rily re­tired 15 se­nior tax of­fi­cers, mostly over cor­rup­tion. The Cen­tre ini­ti­ated the ac­tion un­der fun­da­men­tal rule 56 (J) which em­pow­ers it to ter­mi­nate “in pub­lic in­ter­est” ser­vices of of­fi­cers who are over 50 years and face se­ri­ous charges.

The of­fi­cers in­clude a prin­ci­pal chief com­mis­sioner, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner, joint com­mis­sioner, com­mis­sioner and as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner, sources said. One of the 15 of­fi­cers had a case of bigamy against him, while an­other was dis­missed for con­flict of in­ter­est.

Ear­lier this year, the Cen­tre had asked 49 high­rank­ing tax of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing 12 of­fi­cers from CBDT, to call it a day.

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