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Graft charges to be framed against two excise officials

Posted on Nov 08, 09:23PM | IANS

A special court Thursday fixed Nov 17 for framing charges of corruption and conspiracy against two central excise officials and three others in a graft case.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Talwant Singh would issue the order against central excise Commissioner A.K. Srivastava, central excise superintendent Lallan Ojha and alleged middleman Hemant Gandhi and two businessmen Dilip Aggarwal and Anand Aggarwal.

The CBI in February filed a chargesheet against the accused and booked them under charges relating to corruption and criminal conspiracy.

Ojha, along with a team of officials of the central excise, raided the warehouse of Dilip Aggarwal and Anand Aggarwal and negotiated a deal for illegal gratification, the probe agency said.

The CBI arrested the two excise officials and the middleman in January for allegedly receiving illegal gratification of Rs.60 lakh from the two businessmen to shield them in an excise law violation case.

Srivastava, Ojha and Gandhi are presently lodged in Tihar Jail and the two businessmen are out on bail. All the accused have denied the allegations against them.