CBI registers corruption case against Custom Officers and Custom House Agent
merisarkar news service
New Delhi, January 11, 2011
Many cases against Customs Department
Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Custom House Agent and unknown officials of Customs & Central Excise under section 120-B of IPC and Sections 11, 12, 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) & Section 14 of P.C. Act, 1988.
The agency said in a statement that it was alleged that Customs officials of different ranks from Additional Commissioner to Preventive Officer were collecting illegal gratification from a particular Custom House Agent (CHA). The illegal gratification was in the form of cash, electronic gadgets viz. laptops, mobile phones, air-conditioners etc., air tickets for domestic and international travel as well as travel expenses etc.
CBI has dubbed the Customs House Agent as habitual bribe giver. CBI claimed that these officials extended pecuniary advantage to the CHA in various matters after receiving bribe and other considerations.
CBI said that searches are being conducted at the residence and office premises of 14 public servants and also the residence & office premises of the CHA. Incriminating documents and other tangible evidence seized during searches, are being scrutinized for further investigation.
CBI said that the further investigation is underway in the case.