Surat, Oct 04:- Raids were
carried out by the CBI at residences of about seven Central Excise and Customs (Surat-I and Surat-IV)
officers suspended or transferred in relation to the Rs 15 crore rebate scam of December 2004.The officers whose residences were raided have
been identified as former Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise and Customs (Surat-1) G S Purohit,
Superintendent of Central Excise (Surat) R R Meena, Inspector Rajeev Nanda, Inspector Mahesh Patel,
Superintendent B S Meena, Superintendent R K Toshawada and Superintendent Kumavat.
The raids were carried out to
investigate into the disproportionate assets of officials involved in the rebate scam. The raids
were carried out at seven to eight places in the city including Parle Point, City Light and Athwalines areas.The first raid was carried out at G S Purohit?s flat in Shreeji Sayona apartments in City Light area. Finding the flat locked, the
officers got the builder to open it and but found it vacant. The builder, Manoj Patel, told officers
that he had rented the flat on a leave and licence basis to Purohit.
Purohit was among the 42 senior officers
suspended by the department after their names cropped up in the scam. He had been transferred to
Assam afterwards. Sources said Purohit had shifted his belongings from the flat five or six days
ago. Simultaneous raids were carried
out by CBI at Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot on Tuesday at houses of other officers involved in the