THE CBI has arrested an Inspector of Customs & Central Excise posted in the office of Commissioner, Central Excise, CR Building, ITO, New Delhi for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 8,000/- from the complainant.
The complainant, an Accountant in a private firm had deposited a bank guarantee of Rs.1,00,000/ – with Central Excise Department, ITO which expired on 10.03.2009 and same was pending for clearance with accused. The accused official demanded a bribe of Rs.8,000/- for releasing the said bank guarantee. The complainant lodged a complaint with CBI.
The CBI laid a trap and the accused Inspector was arrested while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 8,000/- from the complainant. Searches were conducted at his office and residence. During searches documents relating immovable properties, bank accounts & life insurance policies were recovered. Accused was produced before the Special Judge for CBI Cases, Patiala House Courts, Delhi and remanded to judicial custody upto 04.06.2009.
Meanwhile, the CBI has registered two cases against various engineers of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Karol Bagh Zone, New Delhi on the allegation that they in conspiracy with some middlemen were running a racket to extract money from various building owners in Karol Bagh, New Delhi area in lieu of inaction against illegal construction, token demolition of unauthorised constructions and allowing commercial activities in residential area. They also resorted to bogus sealing to threaten & terrorize the owners of buildings and after negotiations collected huge amount as bribe, either directly or through middlemen.
Searches were conducted at 16 different places in and around New Delhi. A large number of incriminating documents showing nexus between the accused persons were recovered. Besides, documents showing huge investment in properties, both movable and eight immovable (market value in cores), heavy investment in bank deposits, NSCs and insurance policies by the accused persons were revealed.