CBI files charge sheet against tainted IAS officer K Rajesh


K Rajesh
Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India]: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge sheet against the then district collector of Surendranagar, K Rajesh, and a proprietor of a Surat-based private firm in the case related to the demand and receipt of bribe related to grant of arms licenses, allotment of Government land and regularization of encroached Government land in the name of ineligible beneficiaries, etc. on Thursday.

Kankipati Rajesh, a 2011 batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer was arrested by the CBI Ahmedabad in connection with the alleged bribery in granting of arms licenses, allotment of government land, and regularization in the name of ineligible beneficiaries on July 13.

The Blunt Times (TBT) in its report highlighted K Rajesh’s ugly motives at the time of his appointment as the District Development Officer (DDO) in Surat. Darshan Naik, a former member of Surat District Panchayat had demanded an inquiry by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the CBI against K Rajesh for diverting the huge amount of Government funds meant for health activities in the district for his gains.

Searches were earlier conducted at the premises of the accused in Gandhi Nagar & Surat (Both in Gujarat) and Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh) which led to the recovery of several incriminating documentary and digital evidence. During the investigation, both the said accused were arrested.

It was found during the investigation that the alleged bribe money of Rs. 98,000/- was deposited in the account of the proprietor on the directions of K Rajesh. The said amount was the part of the bribe amount, which was demanded by the public servant. It was also found that the said proprietor had prepared four fake invoices in the name of a private person claiming to have sold dress material, whereas the said four invoices were in the name of another person and “SIR”.

The 04 invoices submitted by the proprietor to the Enquiry Officer were forged. An investigation has also revealed that both the accused entered into a conspiracy wherein part of the alleged bribe demanded by the public servant was paid by another person into the account of the proprietor of the said firm on the directions of the public servant.

It was also found that the accused created false documents/false electronic records to shield the public servant. The proprietor had allegedly forged documents/electronic records and also destroyed, deleted/altered the information in the computer that he used in his shop. Further investigation is continuing.