The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a Commissioner, Central Excise, Delhi; a Superintendent, Central Excise, New Delhi; a middleman and others for demanding an illegal gratification of Rs. 60 Lakhs from a mobile phone importer.
It was alleged that a managed farce search of the importer’s office was conducted by the Central Excise team headed by the aforesaid Superintendent on the instructions of the Commissioner. No records were created before, during or after the searches. Initially an illegal gratification of Rs. 2 crores was allegedly demanded, which was finally settled for Rs. 60 Lakhs.
The middleman collected illegal gratification of Rs. 20 lakhs as well as a “self” cheque of Rs. 20 lakhs from the importer for not taking any action against him. Out of this, the middle man delivered a cash of about Rs. 3 lakhs to the superintendent in his office on 2.1.2012. This was recovered during the raids of CBI on 2.1.2012 itself. Large number of incriminating documents recovered during searches at the premises of the accused public servants as well as private persons are being scrutinized.
CBI has arrested the Superintendent of Central Excise and the middleman.
Both the arrested accused are being produced today before the Special Judge, CBI, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi.