The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Rajesh Adani, Managing Director of Adani Enterprises, a part of the Rs 26,000 crore Adani group, on charges of evasion of customs duty to the tune of Rs 80 lakh.
"CBI arrested Rajesh Adani, one of the directors of the Adani Exports (now named Adani Enterprises)," agency spokesperson Harsh Bhal told PTI on Saturday.
The anti-corruption branch of CBI Goa has registered a case against him and nine customs officials. The case was also registered against Adani Exports and Ganesh Benjoplast.
Reacting to his arrest, Adani group has said till date no case or show cause notice was given to Adani regarding the case.
"Adani Enterprise Ltd petroleum products division had made arrangements, in the normal course of business, to import certain petroleum products in 2005-06 and 2006-07 on behalf of licence and permission holders," the company said in a statement.
These licence and permission holders were responsible for fulfilling all formalities and payment of duties, it said.
Adani, who was arrested yesterday from Ahmedabad, has been admitted to Gandhinagar civil hospital after he complained of high blood pressure, hospital sources said.
CBI Joint Director (Western Region) Rishiraj Singh told PTI in Mumbai that "Adani had in the year 2006-07 imported naptha, a petroleum product, and did not pay customs duty in Goa."
A case was registered in January 2008 by the Goa Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI, which is looking into whether any other employees of the diversified group are also involved.