A special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced a retired Customs and Excise superintendent to two-and-a-half-year rigorous imprisonment in a 16-year-old disproportionate assets case. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on him.
The CBI had booked M D Brahmbhatt,a resident of Ahmedabad,for cheating in 1996. During the investigation,CBI sleuths had found several documents from his house and office,which revealed Brahmbhatt had assets more than the known source of his income.
CBI counsel R S Meena said the investigators had found evidence of Brahmbhatts income totaling more than Rs 17.9 lakh between 1992 and 1996. He said the total income of the accused was found to be Rs 5.81 lakh and the expenditure was Rs 1.78 lakh.
The CBI had seized a couple of motorbikes,imported goods,documents of a plot at KK Nagar and a shop at Kalol in Gandhinagar district among others.
Brahmbhatt couldnt answer about the sources of his income amounting to Rs 13.87 lakh. A chargesheet was filed on July 1998 and the trials started, said Meena.