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CBI seeks support from tax experts to probe multi-billion banking frauds

During 2017, the CBI had registered 939 regular cases and as many as 9,383 cases were pending in various courts at the end of the year

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing the over Rs 130 billion Punjab National Bank scam as well as other financial frauds, has sought deputation of banking and tax experts from various ministries with an offer of good monetary incentives.

According to an official communique sent by the to and other key ministries, the agency has asked for officers on deputation as advisor (banking), senior advisor (foreign trade or foreign exchange), deputy advisor (foreign trade or foreign exchange) and senior advisor (taxation) on deputation.

Those selected will initially be given short-term contract with the premier investigation agency, it said.

These posts are to provide technical assistance and expertise in probing cases involving banking, foreign trade and foreign exchange, taxation and to supervise the work of other technical officer working in the agency, the letter routed to various ministries said.

"It may be noted that the officers coming on deputation to are entitled for a special security allowance at the rate of 20 per cent on the pay," it said.

The communique, however, said the candidates who apply for the post will not be allowed to withdraw their candidature subsequently.

The is looking into various big-ticket fraud cases in besides other complex cases related to foreign trade and taxation.

Among the prominent ones is the over Rs 130 billion fraud in the PNB allegedly committed by jeweller and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems.

The CBI had some time back also booked top officials of two public sector banks, a former CMD of the Bank, former Aircel promoter C Sivasankaran, his son and companies controlled by him in connection with a Rs 6 billion loan fraud in the

The CBI had on Friday arrested two senior retired officers of the Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 26.54 billion by Vadodara-based (DPIL) in the bank.

Some former top RBI officials are also under the scanner of the CBI for alleged financial frauds.

The induction of financial expert in the agency will help in expediting probe in financial crime cases, they said.

During 2017, the CBI had registered 939 regular cases and 137 preliminary enquiries. As many as 9,383 cases were pending in various courts at the end of the year.

First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 16:54 IST