CBI ARRESTS AN APPRAISING OFFICER OF CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT IN A BRIBERY CASE

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Appraising officer, Duty Drawback Section, Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.10,000/- from the complainant.

A case was registered against an Appraising Officer, Air Cargo Complex, Mumbai under Section 7 of PC Act, 1988 (Amended in 2018) on a complaint. It was alleged that the Customs Department had put IEC Code of complainant under alert, because of which he was unable to export his consignment. When the complainant approached the accused to revoke the alert, the accused already demanded and obtained a bribe of Rs.5,000/- from him on 20.08.2019 for issuing One Time NOC for 15 days to enable the complainant to export within that time limit. Accordingly the said One Time NOC was issued on 22.08.2019. It was also alleged that on 24.08.2019, the said Appraising officer demanded a further bribe of Rs.20,000/- from complainant to permanently revoke the alert which was reduced to Rs.10,000/- after negotiation.

CBI laid a trap and caught the accused red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 10,000/- from the complainant. Searches were conducted at the premises of the accused.

The arrested accused is being produced today before the Special Judge, CBI cases, Mumbai.

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