CBI busts hawala scam; govt officials involved

Syed Ali Ahmed

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 9

While investigating a case of disproportionate assets against an Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, the CBI has busted a hawala racket involving government officials and others. CBI officials are also under scanner in the case.

The CBI came to know about the hawala transaction scam during questioning of owner of Mumbai-based Viraj Profile, Neeraj Raja Kochar and his employees Nand Kumar and Deepak Sakkarwal in the case of disproportionate assets of Additional Commissioner of Income Tax Vivek Batra and his wife Priynaka Batra.

During questioning, Kochar and his employees disclosed for alleged hawala racket through an old Delhi based proprietor of Hazrat Gems, Ahmad Kamal, in Dariba near Chandni Chowk, sources said.

According to the sources, Kochar’s name is also mentioned in the FIR.

The sources said Kochar had remitted Rs 20 lakh to Rakesh Tiwari, who had catering service at Public Services Officers Institute (PSIO) club at Pancharipuri through hawala channels of Kamal Ahmad on August 2 allegedly to dilute the case of Vivek Batra. Kamal delivered the amount at the residence of Tiwari at Sidhartha Enclave near Ashram at the same day.

Sources also said that Deepak Sakkarwal on August 7 handed over Rs 15 lakh to Shambhu Yadav, employee of Kamal Ahmad in the same case. The CBI registered the case against Kochar, Tiwari and Sakkarwal and unknown officers of the CBI.

The CBI, so far, arrested Kochar and Tiwari.

The hawala case is linked with the case of disproportionate assets registered in 2017 against the Additional Commissioner Income Tax, Batra, his wife and others. This is alleged that Batra had invested his money to Viraj Profiles Limited run by Kochar.

Tiwari was in touch with Kochar for facilitating relief and providing case related sensitive information to him about the Additional Commissioner’s case.

In lieu of facilitating relief and providing case related information, Tiwari accepted money in instalments to induce unknown officers of the CBI.