CBI raid on Customs official
The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday conducted raids on a Customs superintendent, posted at Nhava Sheva.mumbai Updated: Jan 08, 2010 01:02 IST
The anti-corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday conducted raids on a Customs superintendent, posted at Nhava Sheva.
The raid was conducted on Om Prakash Meena, a Superintendent of Customs (Docks) for alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his income.
Raids were conducted at three places, including Meena’s office in Nhava Sheva and two of his flats at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. He has not been arrested.
A senior CBI official said that around Rs 4 lakh was found in four bank accounts belonging to Meena and his family members. The officials also found a Maruti Swift car with Meena, which was registered on the name of a third person.
The officials found that the total worth of Meena’s two flats, each of two-bedroom hall was more than Rs 35 lakh.
The CBI also found Rs 30,000 in cash and 80 gram of gold jewellery.
Meena, who has in the service for the last about 19 years earns a salary of about Rs 42,000 per month.
Meena’s responsibility at his posting at the Nhava Sheva port since last 3 months included examining imported consignments and verifying the same as per the declarations made by importers.
“This is a very sensitive posting as many importers offer huge bribe to evade duty,” said a senior Customs official. Meena has also served in airport Customs.
The CBI conducted raids after registering a disproportionate assets (DA) case against Meena.