The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sealed over eight bank lockers belonging to various Customs officers and staff whose premises were raided on Tuesday.
Of these, two lockers belonged to appraiser Ramesh Kumar and two to lower division clerk Asha Kunderi. From Kunderi’s residence, the CBI had also found 16 mobile phones.
A senior CBI officer, requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said they would open the lockers in a day or two to find out if they contain cash, jewellery or property papers and if the same are disproportionate to the known sources of incomes of all the officers.
The CBI had on Tuesday conducted raids on 14 Customs officers and staff who were allegedly bribed frequently by a customs house agent (CHA) Manish Sanghani. The CHA was also raided.
The CBI expects huge amount of cash or jewellery from Kumar’s lockers, from whose premises the agency has already recovered around Rs 4 lakh in cash.
The CBI is also verifying information that appraiser JN Meena had transferred around Rs 20 lakh from Mumbai to Jaipur.
The agency has sought from an Andheri travel agent the list of the officers for whom air tickets were booked by Sanghani.
“We will get the list in the next three days, which would show how many officers got free air tickets from Sanghani,” the officer said.
During the raids, the CBI found evidences of 50 travels on domestic route and one to London.
The CBI is also planning to raid more officers next week. “We have got many more names. We are verifying their links with Sanghani,” the officer said. Highhandedness
Among the officers raided included additional commissioner KC Johny, joint commissioners Uttam Jadhav and Ahibaran, assistant commissioner AP Dodeja, appraisers Ramesh Kumar, JN Meena, NN Chaturvedi, Ravinder Kumar, Dinesh Kumar, Munshiram Dhania and Nilesh Kadam, preventive officers Abhijit Jadhav and Shiv Kumar, and lower division clerk Asha Kunderi.
The CBI had formed 32 teams to conduct raids on 38 premises belonging to these officers and Sanghani.