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Customs fraud yields more names

mumbai Updated: Oct 01, 2009 00:36 IST
Manish Pachouly
Manish Pachouly
Hindustan Times
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More names of Customs officials are spilling out of the Rs 25-crore duty drawback fraud uncovered by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence last week.

On Tuesday, the DRI questioned another Superintendent of Customs posted at Nhava Sheva. His name has been withheld since his exact role is still being investigated.

The DRI has already arrested Superintendent of Customs (Preventive) Benudhar Samal , also posted at Nhava Sheva, along with five others accused of plotting with 90 exporters to illegally claim duty drawbacks worth Rs 25 crore.

A senior DRI official said the superintendent’s statement was recorded after Samal named him during the investigation. He was posted in Nhava Sheva with Samal five months ago.

The DRI had tapped a phone conversation between the superintendent and a Customs House Agent where the two discussed a Rs 1.5 crore bribe for Samal.

The CBI is also investigating if Samal owns more property and cash.