CBI busts major Customs and Excise official racket

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  1. ejazr

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    Oct 8, 2009
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    AHMEDABAD: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Gandhinagar, busted a huge bribe network involving customs and excise officials. It carried out search operations on 30 premises, including 26 in Gujarat and four in Mumbai and Delhi, booking seven officials on Tuesday.
    What is being called one of the biggest anti-corruption operations in recent times was triggered by CBI's investigations into an unholy bribe nexus between Gujarat customs officials and Mumbai-based custom house agent (CHA) Khimji Poonja Freight Forwarder Pvt Ltd.
    More than 100 CBI officials conducted searches in customs department offices and residences of officials at Ahmedabad, Mundra port, Surat, Nadiad, Gandhidham, Vadodara and Junagadh. CBI has registered three separate complaints against seven customs officials and three employees of the custom house agent, including three officials from Ahmedabad, three from Surat and one from Mundra.
    Those booked for corruption are — superintendents Om Prakash Pande, Chandu Kalal, Akhil Barot, Suresh KC and V K Pargi and inspectors Devendra Sagwan, N B Choudhary. Mehul Jhaveri, Tushar Waghela and Girish Malpani working for Khimji Poonja in Gujarat too have been accused in the case. CBI had carried out searches at the houses of four other custom officials but evidence to suggest their involvement were not found during the operation which went on till late on Tuesday evening.
    Custom sources said, "The accused officials were clearing precious metal consignments as scrap material after taking handsome bribes from the CHA".
    CBI had also got a tip off that employees of the Mumbai-based company had got undervalued-clearance for voluminous goods like poly-films, electronics appliances and non-edible oils between July, 2010 and October, 2010. This was in connivance with the accused customs officials. CBI has found that Jhaveri and two others paid regular bribes to customs officials for getting their consignments cleared at Ahmedabad air cargo, Mundra port and Surat.
    "We have unearthed a deep-rooted corruption network connecting custom house agents, traders and custom officials. The agents pay regular bribes to many officials for each clearance. Rates for each undervaluation were already negotiated," said a senior CBI official.
  3. Flint

    Flint Senior Member Senior Member

    Mar 10, 2009
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    Some poor sod probably didn't pay off the CBI properly.
  4. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

    Feb 23, 2009
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    Most of the times its a business rival.
  5. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Even if they did not pay the CBI well, they will ensure that they go scot free.

    There are enough ways to subvert the system (and that does not mean the investigating and enforcing agencies) as these are becoming so evident!

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