Commissioner of Customs, agent arrested in bribery case in Mumbai

New Delhi, March 8, 2013

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a Commissioner of Customs posted Jawaharlal Nehru Customs House, Nhavasheva in Mumbai and a Customs House agent for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 19 lakhs from a Rajkot-based businessman.

A press release from the CBI said it had received a complaint from the businessman alleging that the official and the agent had demanded the bribe from him for releasing his container. Later, the official told the businessman to hand over the money to the agent.
The CBI laid a trap and allegedly caught the agent red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe on behalf of the official. The commissioner was also arrested, the release said.
According to it, searches were conducted at the residential and official premises of both accused. During searches of residential premises of the public servant, documents pertaining to investments made in real estate and flats in Mumbai as well as in Patna were recovered, it said.
Both the accused persons were produced today before the Special Court of CBI, Mumbai and remanded to judicial custody upto March 21, the release added.

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