Hyderabad: Suspended GST Assistant Commissioner Sreenivasa Gandhi Bollineni, submitted fabricated COVID-19 reports of his family members to evade probe, said sleuths of Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI arrested Bollineni Gandhi on 20th April, 2021 in a disproportionate assets case booked against him in 2019. A case against the accused officer and his wife was booked for amassing wealth to the tune of Rs.3.74 crore.

A statement from the agency said, "During investigation, CBI issued notices under the provisions of Criminal Procedure Code. However, the accused did not cooperate with the investigation and also did not furnish requisite information, documents pertaining to the case. He influenced the witnesses from joining the investigation & disclosing the relevant facts of the case. It was alleged that the accused had also furnished false COVID-19 positive reports in the name of his family members".

Sreenivasa Gandhi investigated several high profile multi-crore scams including that of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy's quid pro quo and MP Srujana Chowdhary's GST fraud, but has been in the eye of storm since 2019.

Gandhi also served as an assistant director with the Enforcement Directorate, where he investigated the 100 crore demonitization fraud case booked against the city's Musaddilal Jewellers , Money laundering case against mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy and more. He was later transferred and served as the superintendent in GST's anti-evasion wing.

The officer made headlines in 2019, when CBI booked Gandhi and his wife in a disproportionate assets. The officer, however, continued to work in the department and was even promoted to the rank of an Assistant Commissioner-GST( since there was no pending charge-sheet against him at the time of departmental promotion).

But, it was in February 2021 that the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs suspended Gandhi and another officer Sudha Rani Chilaka in a bribe case.Gandhi was produced a court hearing CBI cases on 21st April, 2021 and remanded to judicial custody till 7th Mary, 2021..

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