The CBI has arrested an appraiser of Customs Department and three others in a case of alleged bribery of Rs 7 lakh which led to the recovery of a total of Rs 1 crore in cash during searches at multiple locations in Chennai and Delhi

A case was registered against the accused and others. It was alleged that then Appraiser, ICD, Tuglakabad, Delhi(Presently posted in the Office of Chief Commissioner of Customs, Chennai since July 2020) was regularly pursuing private parties and few officials for payment of pending undue advantage in lieu of import consignments cleared by him during his tenure at ICD, Tuglakabad, Delhi. It was also alleged that various parties had been approaching the middleman to pursue their pending matters with the said Appraiser. It was further alleged that the Appraiser asked the middleman that a person will collect payment of undue advantage (illegal gratification) on his behalf. The middleman had allegedly delivered the payment of Rs.7 lakh as the part of undue advantage (illegal gratification) to said, private person. CBI caught the middleman, said private person, a Customs House Agent, and recovered Rs.7 Lakh.

Searches were conducted at the office of Appraiser at Chennai, his previous office in ICD, Tuglakabad, and residential premises of the accused located at Delhi, Noida, Chennai which led to the recovery of incriminating documents and cash of around Rs. One Crore.

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