Saturday, July 01, 2017

Arrested Immigration Officer placed under suspension

Tiruchi: Assistant Immigration Officer Balaji Bhaskar at the Tiruchi International Airport has been placed under suspension consequent to his arrest on the charge of possessing smuggled gold biscuits on Thursday.

An order placing Mr. Balaji Bhaskar under suspension was issued by the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer, Chennai, after the issue was conveyed to the authorities concerned, airport sources told The Hindu.

The Customs Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) arrested the official after he was allegedly found in possession of 1.5 kilograms of gold biscuits that was passed on to him by a passenger Sadiq Ali upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur by an Air Asia flight.

The sources said separate notice would be served to the immigration official and the arrested passenger by Customs authorities in due course of time as a case had been booked against them.

The seized gold biscuits numbering 15 has been deposited at the safe vault in the Tiruchi Customs Office, the sources further said adding that investigation was on in this case.
01/07/17 R Rajaram/The Hindu