Central Bureau of Investigation
ONE TO TWO YEARS RIGOROUS IMPRISONMENT TO THEN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF CUSTOMS & TWO PRIVATE PERSONS WITH TOTAL FINE OF RS. 1.20 CRORE
The Special Judge-III, CBI Cases, Ernakulam (Kerala) has sentenced Shri K.S. Chandrasekhar, then Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex, Nedumbassery Airport, Ernakulam to undergo one year Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 60 lakh and two private persons namely Shri Raju Mathew & Shri George Bastin, Partners of M/s Mars Cargo Agencies, Cochin to undergo two years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 30 lakh each.
The investigation revealed that Shri K.S. Chandrasekhar while working as Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Air Cargo Complex, Nedumbassery Airport, Ernakulam entered into a criminal conspiracy with Shri Raju Mathew & Shri George Bastin, Partners of M/s Mars Cargo Agencies, Cochin and favoured M/s Mars Cargo Agencies without any public interest, in the matter of clearing of goods without imposing applicable Customs Duty. In furtherance of said conspiracy, the Deputy Commissioner habitually obtained illegal gratification on eight occasions for a total amount of Rs. 3,79,350/- in the form of Demand Drafts issued from Syndicate Bank, Angamaly Branch, Ernakulam in favour of M/s Basaveshwara Temple Committee, Sakleshpur, Karnataka from the representatives of M/s Mars Cargo Agencies as a reward for the favours shown to said firm. After investigation, a chargesheet was filed against the accused.
The Trial Court found the accused persons guilty and convicted them.
CBI Press Release – New Delhi, 05.05.2017