A day after the CBI detained three customs officials at the Tiruchirapalli airport for alleged connivance with smugglers, the CBI raided a flat belonging to one of them. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an Assistant Commissioner and Superintendents, Inspectors of Customs in a case related to alleged bribery and smuggling of goods. The accused are: M Venkatesulu, Assistant Commissioner, Customs, Airport, Trichy; Kalugasalamoorthy, Superintendent, Customs, Airport, Trichy; S Ramakrishnan, Superintendent, Customs, Airport, Trichy; S Anees Fathima, Inspector, Customs, Airport, Trichy; Prashant Goutam, Inspector, Customs, Airport, Trichy and Freddy Edward, MTS, Customs, Airport, Trichy. Four-member CBI team searched the flat of Customs Superintendent S Ramakrishnan at Kovaipudur for nearly two hours and reportedly recovered some documents
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested 19 accused (6 Customs official & 13 private persons) including an Assistant Commissioner, Superintendents, Inspectors, private persons(including Sri Lankan Nationals) in a case related to alleged bribery and smuggling of goods.
Searches were conducted at various places including residences of public servants and others at Trichy, Coimbatore, Madurai, Virudhnagar, Chennai & Rasipuram which has led to recovery of huge cash and several documents. Earlier, during this operation at Trichy Airport, CBI recovered cash of Rs.9 lakh(approx) collected as alleged illegal gratification.
CBI had registered a case against 6 Customs Officials including one Assistant Commissioner, two Superintendent of Customs, two Inspectors of Customs & an official posted at Trichy International Airport and 13 private persons including Sri Lankan Nationals. It was alleged that a large scale smuggling of contraband goods through the Trichy airport was going on with active connivance of the customs officials who were obtaining undue advantages from smugglers in the form of illegal gratification for allowing goods from Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia etc., without payment of customs duty, thereby causing huge revenue loss to the Government of India.