Friday, October 20, 2006

Kerala customs officials caught red-handed

Kochi: The CBI raided residences of six Customs officers here yesterday and seized Rs100,000 from the house of a superintendent, in a follow-up of the seizure of unaccounted money from the Customs area at Cochin international airport on Wednesday.
Among those whose houses were raided included Customs Superintendents George Joseph Pulladan and K G Gopalakrishnan. Rs100,000 was seized from the latter’s residence. The CBI was acting on the basis of complaints from passengers and the information available from the closed circuit television installed at various points, including the Customs area, by the Airports Authority of India.
CBI superintendent of police T Vikram said the modus operandi of the officers was to target passengers coming in with excess baggage or those carrying dutiable items and negotiate the amount of bribe for letting them off with minor payments.
20/10/06 John Mary/The Peninsula, Qatar
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