Customs Additional Commissioner booked in DA case

Mumbai: A Customs Additional Commissioner has recently been booked by CBI in a disproportionate assets (DA) case.

Najib Shah acting CBEC Chairman, an honest man, should adopt strong policy to curb such type of corruption.
Najib Shah acting CBEC Chairman, an honest man will to adopt strong policy to curb such type of corruption.
The move came a year after the CBI sleuths found a bag full of the Customs official’s property documents during a raid at the home of an agent whom they were probing in another case.

The agency was probing a senior Customs officer in Kolkata, who was allegedly involved in corruption.

The agency team of Kolkata learnt that a Mumbai-based agent was supposed to collect money on the senior officer’s behalf. The CBI Kolkata team then asked their Mumbai counterparts for assistance. The CBI team in Mumbai had caught the agent last year.

On searching the agent’s house, the team found several document related to the Kolkata case. Except for the bag full of property documents, the CBI Mumbai handed over all the papers to the Kolkata CBI team for further probe.

The agent didn’t spill any beans about the Customs Additional Commissioner. He just told the CBI that the bag belonged to one of his friends who had kept it in his house of safety reasons. However, the CBI was not convinced with his reply. They learnt that the agent was hand-in-glove with many Customs officers and decided to go through the documents in the bag.

After examining the documents, the CBI found that most of it belonged to the Customs Additional Commissioner. “The officer was posted at Nhava Sheva at that point of time. We suspected his involvement in corruption and decided to investigate him,” said a CBI officer.

The agency conducted a discreet inquiry about the property details and found that the worth of the properties (documents found in the bag) was 30% more then the Custom officer’s known source of income.

About a fortnight ago, the CBI registered the disproportionate assets (DA) case against the officer. The officer is presently posted in the city and the CBI will inform his department about the development.