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CBI arrests customs superintendent, one more in Gurgaon for taking bribe

A customs clearing agent approached the CBI, complaining that customs superintendent NK Verma demanded a bribe of Rs 2,000 per consignment, and threatened to delay clearing of them if the amount was not paid.

gurgaon Updated: Apr 13, 2017 11:00 IST
Rashpal Singh
Rashpal Singh
Hinduustan Times
CBI,customs,customs official arrested
NK Verma and Mahesh Kumar were caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000 for various consignments on Wednesday.(HT Photo for representational purpose only)

The Central bureau of investigation (CBI) on Wednesday arrested two persons, including a superintendent of customs at Inland Container Depot (ICD) at Patli, Gurgaon, while accepting a bribe of Rs 25,000.

A custom clearing agent, dealing with export consignments from ICD Patli, had complained to the bureau that the accused were demanding the bribe in lieu of not delaying his consignments. The ICD Patli is located near Garhi Harsaru railway station, 24 kms from Gurgaon city.

The complaint mentioned that NK Verma, superintendent of customs, demanded a bribe of Rs 2,000 per consignment and threatened the complainant that in case of non-payment of the amount, the consignments would be delayed, said a CBI spokesperson. The bribe amount was later negotiated to Rs 1,000 per consignment.

A case was registered on the complaint. The CBI laid a trap wherein Verma and the other accused, Mahesh Kumar, were caught red-handed while accepting the bribe of Rs 25,000 for various consignments on Wednesday.

During a search conducted at Verma’s house at Sector 21 in Gurgaon, Rs 2 lakh in cash and papers pertaining to fixed deposits amounting to Rs 52 lakh, three immovable properties, gold ornaments, a bank locker key were found, said the spokesperson.

The arrested were produced in the court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Panchkula, and remanded to judicial custody.

First Published: Apr 12, 2017 23:44 IST