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Customs officers get 3 years in jail for cheating

More than two decades after four customs officers caused a loss of Rs 13 lakh to the government in a duty-related case...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 13, 2009 3:20:26 am

More than two decades after four customs officers caused a loss of Rs 13 lakh to the government in a duty-related case,a Delhi court has sentenced them to three years rigorous imprisonment. Special CBI Judge V K Maheshwari also awarded five years rigorous jail term to businessman Ajay Chopra,another accused in the conspiracy,and slapped a fine of Rs 4 lakhs on him.

The court held H R K Bhatnagar (Superintendent,Customs),Gorakh Pal and Rajiv Kapoor (both Inspectors) and K D Shah (UDC with the office of Assistant Collector,Customs) guilty of cheating,criminal conspiracy,forgery and other offences under the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

It also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on Bhatnagar,Pal and Kapoor,and a fine of Rs 60,000 on Shah. Incidentally,Kapoor was one of the officers whose names were recommended for the President’s Award in 2007.

The CBI had alleged that in 1986-87,the accused had facilitated the export of goods that had cost the government a loss of Rs 13.14 lakh.

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