Suspended officer with 220 bank accounts reinstated
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Raipur, who allegedly had at least 220 bank accounts in various names and had assets worth millions, has been reinstated, official sources said.india Updated: Jun 04, 2010 12:30 IST
An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Raipur, who allegedly had at least 220 bank accounts in various names and had assets worth millions, has been reinstated, official sources said today.
B.L. Agrawal, a 1988 batch officer, was suspended on Feb 11 after the income tax department informed the government that raids at his residence and elsewhere revealed he had opened at least 220 bank accounts in the names of people of Kharora, a village some 40 km from Raipur.
Agrawal was also accused of owning assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
But Agrawal, who has maintained that he was a victim of a "conspiracy" by the income tax department, was named a member of the revenue board yesterday.
Agrawal was secretary of the agriculture department when he was suspended. The government then handed over the case to the Economic Offences Wing for a through probe.
Official sources said that Agrawal was reinstated because the IT department had failed to provide evidence to substantiate its claims that the money stashed in the bank accounts belonged to him.
However, a probe by the Economic Offences Wing will continue along with a department inquiry.