Published On: Thu, Aug 13th, 2015

CBI books Customs Commissioner Atul Dixit for cheating in drawback case

New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday registered a case against Inland Container Depot (ICD) Customs Commissioner Atul Dixit, then deputy commissioner Nalin Kumar and Delhi-based businessman Sahdev Gupta in an alleged case of cheating and corruption believed to be linked to Rs 8,000 crore in the release of custom duty drawback.

CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad

CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad

The CBI sleuths carried out raids on Wednesday at nine locations in Delhi, Gurgaon and Greater Noida and recovered several documents.

The accused businessman, Sahdev Gupta, had shown export of garments worth Rs.8,000 crore to some companies in 2013-14 to Hong Kong and Dubai from Inland Container Depot (ICD) Tughlaqabad and ICD Patparganj and on that basis he claimed a refund of Rs.300 crore as duty drawback under the Customs Act, CBI sources said, adding it was probed by DRI.

DRI supposedly found that companies to whom the exports were claimed to have been made denied giving any such orders whereas Rs 8,000 crore were received by Gupta.

CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said Gupta had floated some benami companies for showing the garments export and money was remitted. “It was found that the companies named in Hong Kong and Dubai had never received any consignments but money had been sent to Gupta’s accounts in India,” she said.

Based on its investigation, DRI allegedly asked customs commissioner Dixit and the then deputy commissioner Kumar to block duty draw back claim of Rs 300 crore presumably made by Gupta.

However, it is alleged that the ICD Commissioner Dixit and and the then deputy commissioner Kumar didn’t suspend the duty drawback and instead got the money in their accounts. This allegedly resulted in the loss of Rs 74.61 crore to the exchequer.

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