The CBI has arrested Ashish Thakur posted as assistant section officer in the administration section of the CBEC office in the finance ministry and S K Swaminathan, Superintendent of Central Excise and Customs posted in GST, Mumbai office for alleged bribery in the processing of a promotion matter.Swaminathan had approached Thakur for favourable consideration of file pertaining to his promotion to the post of assistant commissioner that was pending because of certain ongoing disciplinary proceedings against him, the CBI FIR has alleged.

In detail:

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested an Assistant Section Officer, Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC), Ministry of Finance, New Delhi; a Superintendent, Central Excise & Customs, Mumbai and an Examiner, Air Cargo, Mumbai in an alleged bribery of Rs. 50,000/-

A case was registered against an Assistant Section Officer, CBEC, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi; a Superintendent, Central Excise & Customs at GST (CGST), Old Custom House, Mumbai & an Examiner, Export Shed, Sahar Cargo, Mumbai, on the allegations that the Assistant Section Officer demanded Rs. 50,000/- as illegal gratification from the Superintendent for favourably processing his promotion file in the Ministry and getting early promotion order. The Superintendent allegedly agreed and offered to pay the bribe amount. It was also alleged that the Assistant Section Officer had introduced his associate (Examiner of Air Cargo) to the Superintendent for acceptance of the bribe amount and its onward transmission.

CBI laid a trap and caught the Superintendent & the Examiner at Antop Hill, Mumbai while the former was handing over an initial amount of Rs. 25,000/- to the latter. Both the arrested accused were produced before the Competent Court at Mumbai and remanded to police custody up to 12.01.2018

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