Customs official held for accepting Rs 1 lakh bribe
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a custom official after he was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh. HT Correspondent reports.mumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2010 02:32 IST
The Anti-Corruption Branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a custom official after he was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
According to a press note issued by the CBI, the agency arrested Vinod Meena, inspector, Customs (preventive) at Sakinaka in Andheri.
Meena had allegedly asked for a bribe of Rs 2 lakh to clear the complainant’s name in a different case. CBI sources said that the complainant, who has a trading firm, had gifted two letter pads to an acquaintance that happened to have a Customs case against him.
The acquaintance used these letter pads to create invoices. Meena began blackmailing the complainant using the letter pads as evidence to implicate him in the Customs case as well.
He asked for money to clear the complainant’s name from the case. The complainant was to pay him Rs 1 lakh as the first instalment of the bribe.
On Thursday, Meena asked the complainant to come to Sakinaka and met him there. He travelled in official car and after meeting the complainant, carried out a body search on him. He then asked the complainant to accompany him in his car where he took the bribe.
The CBI team, which laid the trap, intercepted him midway and found the cash in his car. Meena was arrested and a CBI team conducted searches at his office and residence.
The release stated that the officer was posted with the Nhava Shiva preventive unit, R & I Division.
CBI said Meena was very vigilant in his act and had even come up with a code word to avoid being caught. The code word for money was “information.” The CBI produced him before a special court and the officer has been remanded to police custody till June 30.