An upright officer, whose patriotism brought him back to India to serve his own country, from the School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina, USA, leaving aside lucrative Post Doctoral Associate in Immunology, and US Green Card, to appear in UPSC Interview of Civil Services in April 1984 and who joined Indian Customs & C. Excise Service, Gr. A in Nov.1984 on the basis of merit- cum- choice.
Dr. Anup Kumar Srivastava was Commissioner of Central Excise, Delhi-I from March 2010 to Dec.11.The revenue collection in Gross terms was enhanced by Rs. 152 Crore more in Yr.2010-11, over the revenue of Rs.313 Crore realized in 2009-2010 inspite of economic slowdown and closing/shifting of several units in Delhi. Similarly, during the period from April 2011 to Dec.11, the revenue collection of Rs. 186 Crore more was made in net terms over revenue collection of Rs.297 Crore during the same period in the previous year. This growth in revenue could be achieved by making the assesses aware that for the honest Tax-payer, the Deptt. of C. Excise was no more a tax collector, but a facilitator, where the assesses become partner in the National growth and Development. For the tax evaders, the tax evasion detected and realized in Anti-evasion, Audit as well as Arrears of Recovery was more than double over previous years. It became first “Sevottam Certified” Commissionerate by BIS in the Country.
The appraisal reports have rated him an Outstanding officer at Score 10 with remarks as Very intelligent and hard working officer; has an analytical mind and goes deep to see minute details; all round commendable performance in his Commissionerate; has excellent leadership qualities; dedicated and a sincere officer; very dynamic and energetic officer; Has made excellent detection of duty evasion cases; highly motivated officer, can be relied on fully; highly disciplined- Fit for special assignments, PMO etc.; takes a great deal of pains to go to the roots of a problem; has shown a lot of firmness, intelligence and skills in handling a difficult charge; can be Trusted with much higher responsibilities; an effective administrator etc.
However, the mafia of some powerful / moneyed Superintendents and Inspectors of the Deptt. in Delhi, in nexus with some tax-evaders, could not tolerate his initiatives. When Dr. Srivastava initiated a Vigilance inquiry against them and transferred them from the Commissionerate on the complaint of extortion received from the trade, as well as, from Sh. Ramjethmalani, President of Supreme Court Bar Association in January, 2011, a vengeful conspiracy was hatched to falsely implicate him with the sole intention to remove him from the post of Commissioner, C. Excise, Delhi-1. Thus, a CBI case made against all the tenets of legal jurisprudence.
However, his stand has got vindicated, as Hon’ble High Court, Delhi quashing all the charges against him, on 21/11/2013, held that viewed from any angle, even a prima-facie case is not made out.
On the basis of some false allegations, a preliminary inquiry to investigate into his assets was also initiated by CBI. The said PE has also been closed as no prima facie evidence has been found against him.
His integrity and honesty of 30 years of dedicated service to the Deptt. has been upheld. However, to refrain him from performing his rightful duties and curbing the tax-evasion, gross injustice done to him has disturbed and shattered him and his whole family and put them in serious state of shock, trauma and major health problems.
Now he has been posted as Commissioner( Appeals ), Customs,C. Excise & Service Tax, Gauhati. However, it is yet to be seen as to how Govt. restores his lost dignity and honour.