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5 Customs officers transferred – Following Newsline report, activist files RTI application, Department gives them the boot

Posted by rtiact2005 on June 14, 2006

5 Customs officers transferred

As per a Central Vigilance Commission circular dated November 2, 2001, the Vigilance Department, classified as sensitive, should not be retaining staff and officers for more than the stipulated three years


The Vigilance Department handles cases of corruption and misdeeds by officers from the Customs and Central Excise


The officers whose transfer orders have arrived are Joint Commissioner G Ravindranath and Assistant Commissioner M A Andrade, who joined the Vigilance Department in February 2003, Deputy Commissioner V H Bhatija, who joined in March 2003, and Superintendents Narayan Singh and S K Hattangadi, who joined in August 1999.

Except for Hattangadi who is being relieved from June 30, all other transfers are with effect from May 31. Joint Commissioner Ravindranath has been replaced by G Srinivas Rao, who is joint commissioner at Central Excise, Mumbai.

Incidentally one of the replacements for the superintendents is not inclined towards joining the vigilance department. The officer, who recently underwent treatment for depression, has informed the vigilance department about his position.

A senior officer of the vigilance department said: “It is difficult to get the right mix of officers for the vigilance department as only few are willing, and those who are, have to satisfy our stringent norms.”

Rajesh Darak, an activist with Whistleblowers India, a non-governmental organisation, had made the RTI application and obtained the list of officers who were retained despite completing three years



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