CBI Press Release
New Delhi, 21.02.2017
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested two Superintendents and an Inspector, all of Central Excise, Audit Department(Govt. of India), Murthal, District- Sonepat (Haryana) while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs.Three lakh from the complainant.
CBI registered the case on a complaint alleging that the said officials of Central Excise visited the office premises of the complainant’s company to conduct audit on 13.02.2017. During audit, they allegedly raised many objections like double billing, evasion of Excise Duty etc. and they informed the complainant that penalty of Rs.25-30 lakh would be imposed on the company. It was further alleged that the accused informed the complainant to pay bribe of Rs.10 lakh that in order to minimize the duty and penalty likely to be imposed on the complainant’s company. On the request of the complainant, the alleged bribe amount was reduced to Rs.Nine lakh, and the accused also agreed to accept Rs.Three lakh as first instalment.
CBI laid a trap and caught the two Superintendents and an Inspector while demanding & accepting bribe of Rs.Three lakh from the complainant. Searches were conducted at the official and residential premises of the accused, including Gurgaon & Delhi. Cash of Rs.9.2 lakh(approx); around one kg gold & documents related to property were recovered from the premises of one Superintendent and FDRs; details of certain bank accounts; lockers from the premises of other accused.
The arrested accused are being produced today in the Competent Court at Panchkula (Haryana).