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HC junks top customs officer’s plea to quash corruption charges

The accused officer has been identified as Umeshkumar Goel,who was the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs in Surat in 2004.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: August 26, 2013 3:21:48 am

The Gujarat High Court (HC) has dismissed a petition by a senior officer of Central Excise & Customs in which he had sought to quash a case of corruption registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The complaint was registered after the accused had allegedly offered bribe to a police inspector who was probing a case of disproportionate assets against him.

The accused officer has been identified as Umeshkumar Goel,who was the Deputy Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs in Surat in 2004. Goel was facing a case of disproportionate assets,with allegations that he had gathered assets worth Rs 5.28 crore. A CBI inspector,who was probing the case,was offered a bribe of Rs 2 lakh by Goel to “favour” him in the inquiry.

Following the offer,the CBI officer informed his office and a trap was laid to catch Goel. He was allegedly caught giving Rs 2 lakh to the inspector. He was arrested in a fresh corruption case under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

Goel had subsequently approached the Special CBI court with a plea to drop all the charges against him. However,his demand was rejected by the Special CBI court. He challenged CBI court’s order in the HC. Goel also sought to quash the complaint against him. He had,among other things,raised questions over the integrity of the complainant police officer whom he had offered the bribe.

Goel contended that the complainant officer had a tainted service record and that for a long time his name remained on the list prepared by the CBI commonly known as “List of Officers with Doubtful Integrity”.

Goel further contended that the complainant officer had concocted the entire story to improve his image and establish that he was an honest officer. The court,however,did not approve the argument and rejected the petition. The HC rejected Goel’s petition last week,sources said.

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