Friday, March 22, 2019

CBI books former Customs SP for facilitating gold smuggling at KIA

Bengaluru: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against a former superintendent of police of Customs at Kempegowda International Airport for allegedly facilitating smuggling in of gold worth Rs 6.42 crore for a commission.
 The officer’s wife and daughter were sent on a sponsored Europe trip as the commission. According to CBI sources, D Ashok, SP of KIA Customs during 2017 allowed two passengers to smuggle in gold through Bengaluru.
Tamtam Chandrashekar, resident of Indiranagar in Bengaluru, and Vathallore John Williams, resident of New Thippasandra, are the other accused. S Nasser Khan, additional commissioner and the principal commissioner of Customs, airport and air cargo complex at KIA, lodged a complaint against Ashok.
 Ashok entered into criminal consipracy with Chandrashekar and Williams and facilitated their illegal smuggling of 20.12 kg of gold worth Rs 6.42 crore. It is also alleged that Ashok had facilitated smuggling of gold by Chandrashekar on earlier occasions and was receiving illegal gratification of Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 per kg. Ashok received a commission of Rs 2.38 lakh from Chandrashekar in the form of payment of travel expenses for his daughter Nidhi Ashok and his wife Padma Narayana to Europe.
 22/03/19 Kiran Parashar/Times of India
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