CBI FILES A CHARGE SHEET AGAINST THEN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS AND A PRIVATE PERSON IN BRIBERY CASE
New Delhi, 01.12.2017
The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet before the Special Judge, CBI Cases, Ahmedabad against then Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mundra and a private person in a bribery case.
CBI had registered a case against Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mundra and a private person on 18.09.2017 for demanding a bribe of Rs. 30 lakh from the complainant, who was working as Customs House Agent (CHA). It was alleged that the complainant’s company was engaged by Ahmedabad firm and one of the import consignments of this firm was found to be containing 27 KGs of Gold in July, 2017. During investigation of the case, the Deputy Commissioner of Customs allegedly demanded Rs. 40 lakh to clear the names of the relatives of the complainant, including his wife. Later, the demand was reduced to Rs. 30 lakh. It was further alleged that the Deputy Commissioner contacted the complainant on different occasions for payment of bribe and asked the complainant to deliver the said gratification to one private person. CBI laid a trap and arrested the private person on 19.09.2017 while accepting gratification of Rs. 20 lakh on behalf of Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mundra. The Deputy Commissioner of Customs had absconded.
After sustained efforts, the absconding Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Mundra was arrested on 27.09.2017. After his Police Custody, the Designated Court remanded him to judicial custody. He is still under Judicial Custody.
After investigation, charge sheet was filed.
The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.