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Ex-IAS Ramesh Abhishek raided by CBI

CBI conducted searches in the premises of former IAS Ramesh Abhishek. He is accused of accumulating disproportionate assets

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out searches in the premises of , the then secretary of Department for of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) and then chairman of the Forward Markets Commission (FMC), in an alleged disproportionate assets case against him and his daughter. 

The agency has named Ramesh Abhishek and his daughter, Vaneesa Abhishek, in the First Information Report (FIR), which has been instituted following a reference from the Lokpal on December 20, 2023. 

A 1982-batch Indian Administrative Service () Bihar cadre official, Abhishek had taken the charge as FMC chief on September 21, 2012. In February 2016, he took over as DPIIT Secretary and had retired in July 2019.

The Lokpal had directed the CBI to probe the doubtful transactions entered into Abhishek and his daughter by way of receiving huge amounts as professional/consulting fee from various entities or organisations with whom Abhishek had official dealings while he was Secretary DPIIT or headed the FMC. 

The investments made in a property located at Delhi's E-72 Greater Kailash Part-II also came under the scanner, so did an alleged sudden increase in the business income in a short period of time. 

Earlier, in May 2023, a local court had ordered the Mumbai's Economic Offences Wing to investigate Abhishek's alleged role as the then FMC chief in the matter related to the National Spot Exchange Limited (NSEL). He has reportedly challenged the order in the Bombay High Court. 

Ramesh Abhishek earned consultancy from companies he dealt with as an IAS

Taking cognisance of a complaint lodged in 2019, the Lokpal also issued orders for investigations into the charges against the retired IAS official in 2022 and 2023. It was said that after retiring, the accused had earned 119 times the last drawn salary with a short time period and had business links with 16 entities with each he had dealings when he was in service. 

In an order dated February 2, 2022, the Lokpal said, “In view of the above facts and circumstances, we cannot be a mute spectator to these allegations relating to corruption which should be dealt with strictly. More so when substantial parts of information furnished by the complainant have been admitted by the public servant [respondent] in his affidavits. We, therefore, refer the matter to (ED) along with all papers relating to this complaint.”

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