The Economic Offences wing/Anti-Corruption Bureau (EOW/ACB) of Chhattisgarh Police on Thursday arrested reward carrying former excise officer Samudra Ram Singh in Chhattisgarh’s state capital in connection with his involvement in alleged financial irregularities to the tune of crores of rupees by hobnobbing with officials and ministers in the previous BJP led Dr Raman Singh’s government.
EOW/ACB Superintendent of Police Pankaj Chandra told The Pioneer the ex-excise official Samudra Ram Singh has been nabbed, had a bounty of Rs 10000 on his head on Thursday morning from his residence at Boriakala in Raipur. He was at large since long time.
Earlier in the year 2019, Congress leader Nitin Bhansali had submitted 119-page documents to the EOW/ACB demanding an investigation into the scam caused due to nexus between excise department officials and certain BJP leaders.
Highlighting irregularities Bhansali pointed out in his complaint that Samundra Singh posted as OSD on a contract basis in the Revenue Department was allegedly involved in irregularities worth Rs 1400 crore by hobnobbing with liquor contractors, officials and ministers in the previous BJP government in the state.
The excise official had acted against set rules accused without conducting test had put local brand liquor in IMFL category and hiked its price. In this process, he earned a commission from the beneficiaries. It came to fore that during 2012-17 excise department in order to benefit liquor contractors kept the rules at bay to give them a profit of 50-60%.
In another instance allotment of liquor shops also came under the scanner. Liquor contractors took shops in the name of their employees and evicted taxes of shops which have turnover worth crores, he added.
Singh who was posted as OSD on a contract basis for the last nine years in the same department due to the support of former state’s cabinet minister is now underground after resigning from his post after Congress retained power in the 2018 assembly polls in Chhattisgarh.
Later EOW/ACB had lodged FIR under the section of prevention of corruption act 1988 and various sections of IPC against Singh.
On September last year, the Chhattisgarh high court too rejected his anticipatory bail plea in connection with his involvement in alleged financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 1400 crores by hobnobbing with officials and ministers in the previous BJP led Dr Raman Singh’s government.
On May 25, 2020, a local court in the state capital of Chhattisgarh had rejected anticipatory bail pleas of former excise officer Samudra Ram Singh and four others including his wife and other family members in connection with a case of allegedly amazing disproportionate property.
On April 26, 2019, the EOW/ACB had conducted raids at former excise officer Samudra Singh’s eight places in three cities of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
Apart from raids at his premises in the state capital, EOW/ACB sleuths also raided at a couple of places in Bilaspur of Chhattisgarh state and Anuppur in Madhya Pradesh.
EOW/ACB officials had seized ownership documents of several houses and a farmhouse along with a petrol pump during the raids. This is apart from revelations regarding several benami properties worth crores of rupees.
EOW/ACB raid conducted at his premises revealed that Samudra Singh owns three-four houses in Raipur’s Boriakala and a couple of other places. Similarly, he owns a house in Bilaspur’s Nehru Nagar locality and two more houses in other parts of the city in Chhattisgarh.
Three houses and land in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur, about 10 acres of farmhouse in village Binauri Mungeli in Chhattisgarh, cow shelter (gaushala), swimming pool besides cash, jewelleries, 2 four-wheelers and three two-wheeler vehicles, documents of more than 20 bank accounts, about 20 insurance policies documents, 60-70 acres farmhouse in Madhya Pradesh’s Anuppur and petrol pump in the city.