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The CBI registered a corruption case against Managing Director and CEO of farmers' cooperative IFFCO US Awasthi, and Managing Director of Indian Potash Limited Parvinder Singh Gahlaut, besides their sons and others, for alleged irregularities in the import of fertilisers and claiming subsidies, officials said Wednesday.
After registering the FIR, the CBI started a search operation at 12 locations in Delhi, Mumbai and Gurgaon on the premises linked to Awasthi and Gahlaut, they said.
During searches, the CBI recovered Rs 8.80 lakh in cash from Awasthi's residence, and fixed deposit receipts worth Rs 5.76 crore in the name of Gahlaut and his family members, officials said.
The agency has also recovered from Gahlaut's residence the details of 14 bank accounts and documents of 19 properties worth crores in Mumbai, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana, they said.
The case pertains to claiming higher subsidies from the government by importing fertilisers at inflated prices and receiving their commission from the supplier through sham transactions, they said.
The fertilisers are supplied to farmers and the government provides subsidy to keep prices reasonable, they said.
The CBI has alleged that the accused, in order to cheat the government by claiming higher subsidy, imported fertilisers and raw materials through Kisan International Trading FZE in Dubai (a subsidiary of IFFCO) and other middlemen at highly-inflated rates, agency spokesperson RC Joshi said in a statement.
The inflated prices covered the commission meant for Awasthi and Gahlaut, which was transferred by the overseas suppliers to them through sham transactions involving the said accused, officials said
The agency has also booked sons of Awasthi, Amol, a promoter of the Catalyst Business Associate, and Anupam, a promoter of Catalyst Business Solutions, they said.
Gahalut's son Vivek Gahlaut, Pankaj Jain of Dubai-based Jyoti Group of Companies and Rare Earth Group, his brother Sanjay Jain, President of Jyoti Trading Corporation and beneficial owner of other entities of Jyoti Group, Senior Vice President of Jyoti Trading Corporation Amrinder Dhari Singh and Chartered Accountant Rajiv Saxena, who is also the promoter Midas Metal International LLC, and other companies have been named in FIR as accused.
The agency has also booked an employee of Pankaj Jain, Sushil Kumar Pachisia and unidentified Directors of IFFCO.