The Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against some officials of the Chennai Customs and recovered assets worth Rs 1.57 crore in searches conducted at four places, including the residences of two Deputy Commissioners of Customs.
The CBI in a statement said that the Anti- Corruption Branch registered a case against the customs officials and others for offences under IPC Sections 120-B, 420 and Sections under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Officials said the case was registered based on allegations that the officials conspired with a private firm based in Chennai and others to get fraudulent claims of refund sanctioned. They were made by the firm during May-June 2011. Officials had issued cheques to the firm for Rs? 1.19 crore. This caused a loss to the Customs department and a corresponding gain to the firm.
Sleuths of the Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI conducted searches on Thursday at four places, including the residential premises of M Premkumar, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Legal/Record/Communications, Chennai, and Rangaswamy, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, Chennai, and the business premises of the private firm.
Officials said apart from several incriminating documents that the CBI team seized, huge amounts of cash, gold jewellery and fixed deposit receipts to the tune of Rs 1.57 crores were recovered.