The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on Tuesday, formed 32 teams to conduct raids on 38 premises belonging to 14 Customs officers and staff including the Customs house agent Manish Sanghani who had been bribing them. The raids continued till late Tuesday night. No arrests were made.
Though the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI has so far raided 14 officers and staff, the agency is investigating many other officers who were allegedly being bribed by Sanghani.
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. Among these, Ravinder Kumar had worked on deputation with the economic offences wing of CBI.
During the raid, the CBI found 14 mobile phones at the residence of Kunderi who has a three-member family. “We also found 14 SIM cards,” the officer said. Many of these were high-end touch-screen phones.
The CBI teams also seized around 25 laptops from the officers raided. From the house of another appraiser, the CBI seized Rs four lakh in cash.
Many officers were found to own more than one residence.
The CBI also found evidence of Sanghani arranging for a ticket for the London travel of an officer. The CBI also found around 50 instances where many of the officers had travelled within the country by air, the fares of which were paid by Sanghani. Many officers even took some other travel expenses from Sanghani.
The CBI also visited a travel agent in Andheri from whom Sanghani, whose office is situated in the area, used to book air tickets.“From the travel agent, we got details of tickets booked by Sanghani for many officers,” the officer said.
During questioning, Sanghani said he had installed air-conditioners in some senior officers’ homes.