CBI arrests customs officials in graft case

New Delhi, Oct 27 (Agency) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested a Superintendent of Customs and an Inspector of Customs in an alleged bribery case, the agency said on Tuesday. A case was registered against a superintendent, Inspector and a havaldar who were posted in Hyderabad on a complaint alleging that the accused had demanded a bribe of Rs 20,000 from the complainant for not cancelling his bail order and for not arresting him, the CBI statement said.

The bribe was later reduced to Rs10,000. It was alleged that the complainant was earlier arrested in a customs case of gold smuggling and later got bail with a condition that he would appear before Customs office on every second and fourth Monday and to sign in a register, said the agency. CBI laid a trap and caught the accused while accepting the bribe from the complainant. Searches were conducted at 4 places including at Hyderabad in the office and residential premises of the accused, which led to recovery of certain documents. The arrested were produced before the Principal Special Judge for CBI Cases in Hyderabad and remanded to Judicial Custody.