A special CBI court in Jabalpur convicted and sentenced two former customs department officials for demanding illegal gratification from a complainant for providing service tax registration number to his company. B C Ekka, the then superintendent and M K Singh, the then excise inspector at the office of the Assistant Commissioner, Customs and Central Excise, Jabalpur, were sentenced to two years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 11,000. The CBI had filed chargesheets against the two before the special judge on December 23, 2008.
In its chargesheet, the CBI had stated that the accused had demanded the money from the complainant after he submitted an application for a service tax registration number. The CBI laid a trap and Singh was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe on Ekka's behalf. Both were arrested.
In another case, the CBI arrested the branch manager of the Regional Gramin Bank in Bihar's Samastipur for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000. The complainant in this case had alleged that a loan was sanctioned to him under the Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojna. The branch manager allegedly called him up and demanded a bribe of Rs 70,000 for withdrawal of the loan amount from the bank. The CBI laid a trap and arrested the branch manager even as he was accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000 from the complainant. He was produced before a court on Friday.