CBI busts smuggling ring involving IRS officers
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 21:24
New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday claimed to have busted an illegal imported goods gang allegedly run by two Indian Revenue Service officers posted at Thiruvananthapuram in connivance with other officials who used to sell these material out in open market as unclaimed goods.

IRS Joint Commissioner Sofia M Joy, Assistant Commissioner R S Rosechandran, superintendents - Shyam Sunder, M P Hari, Suresh, Michael, Central Excise inspector Shiv Kumar Singh and clearing agent Sugandhan were accused in illegal import of various items for sale in Kerala in the cover of unaccompanied baggage, CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said here.

This flourishing business got busted when CBI sleuths intercepted four mini vans full of "unclaimed" baggage being taken out of Air Cargo Complex for sale in the open market of Kerala. These goods were allegedly cleared by the customs officials, she said.

"During verification, the passport holders in whose names the said goods were cleared disowned the ownership of the materials. However, they admitted that they have handed over their passports to different clearing agents, on their request, for importing goods from abroad in the guise of unaccompanied baggage using their passports," Mishra said.

The agency conducted searches at seven location which resulted in recovery of incriminating documents showing payments made to public servants by the clearing agents," she said.


First Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2011, 21:24

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