Friday, September 08, 2017

CBI probe on into smuggling of gold by Air India cabin crew arrested in Kochi

Kochi:  The CBI has started an investigation into a case related to smuggling of gold by a cabin crew of Air India (AI) last month. Himat Kumar Obhan, a resident of Hari Kunj in Mumbai, was arrested by the officers of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) on August 9, 2017, while trying to smuggle in gold from Jeddah.The CBI Anti-Corruption Unit in Kochi had registered a case against Himat Kumar and filed the FIR at its special court here last week.

“Since Himat is an employee of Air India, a Government of India undertaking, the case was registered under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. A separate case in connection with the incident is being probed by the DRI, which intercepted him at the airport,” CBI officer said.According to the FIR, Himat was performing the duty of cabin crew in Air India flight AI-963 Cochin-Jeddah and return flight AI-964 Jeddah-Cochin from August 7 to August 9. Upon his arrival in Kochi, the DRI officers nabbed him with 400 gm of gold - four rectangular bars each weighing 100 gm - worth `11,92,000.
08/09/17 Toby Antony/New Indian Express