Big fish in CBI net: Excise officer held in bribery case of Rs 1.25 cr

Big fish in CBI net: Excise officer held in bribery case of Rs 1.25 cr

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Assistant Commissioner of Central Excise, LTU, Mumbai and a private person while demanding and accepting an alleged bribe of Rs 1.25 crore.

A case was registered against Assistant Commissioner, Central Excise, LTU, Mumbai; unknown Public Servants and unknown others U/s 120-B of IPC and Section 7 & 9 of PC Act, 1988 on a complaint. The complainant has alleged that in the year 2016, he had received notice from the office of Enforcement Directorate (ED) and during April 2017, one person stating to be from Enforcement Office called the complainant and asked him to meet the person to whom he would refer, failing which, he would be arrested. Thereafter, the complainant was allegedly asked to meet the Assistant Commissioner sitting at Central Excise office at World Trade Centre, Cuff Parade.

It was further alleged that when the complainant met the Assistant Commissioner, the latter demanded a bribe of Rs 15 crore to sort out their matter pending in ED and told them to arrange 25-30% amount of the bribe within 1 or 2 days as the first instalment, failing which he would be arrested.

CBI laid a trap and the Assistant Commissioner was caught while demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs 1.25 crore. During an investigation, the accused informed CBI that he was to deliver this bribe amount to a private person. The tainted money of Rs 1.25 crore was handed over to the said private person and he was also caught while accepting the said bribe amount. Searches were conducted at the residence of the public servant which revealed incriminating documents.

Both the accused were produced before the court and remanded to police custody till May 15.

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