Friday, May 19, 2017

Four RGIA customs officials arrested for running a racket of selling duty free liquor

Hyderabad: Four customs officials in Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) who have been running a racket of selling duty free foreign liquor bottles, obtained from liquor outlets inside Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), and inturn bringing out of the airport and selling it those involved in the trade of illegally selling foreign liquor bottles, were arrested by Enforcement Wing of Telangana Prohibition and Excise department on Thursday.
The customs officials who were arrested are Superintendent Parthasarathy and three hawaldars- Prabhakar, Kanakaiah and Lakshmaiah- for causing loss to Telangana Excise department. During the raids at their residences, the officials found 266 bottles of duty free liquor.
For an international air passengers coming into India, by furnishing his passport and air ticket at the liquor outlet inside RGI Airport, the passenger is eligible for two duty free liquor bottles. But what is happening in reality is that the customs officials, in the pretext of verifying the passenger passports, they are handing over the passport to the `Contingents', who are attached to Customs department, and the contingents will swiftly visit the liquor outlet and furnish the passport and purchase two bottles, before the passport is returned.
19/05/17 Srinath Vudali/Times of India