CBIs Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has written to the Customs department asking it to verify details of all consignments cleared by customs commissioner Manoj Krishna,who was arrested in a graft case last month. It has also asked Customs to cancel the Customs House Agent licence of a clearing agent arrested along with Krishna.
We have asked Customs department to review all consignments cleared by Krishna during his tenure of around a year in the city,as it is possible that norms may have been flouted in earlier instances as well, said a CBI officer.
Krishna,an IRS officer posted as Commissioner of Customs (export),was arrested on March 7 by the ACB for allegedly demanding Rs 15 lakh from an importer for clearing his consignment that was stuck at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. The importer registered a complaint with ACB,which laid a trap and arrested Krishna. He had allegedly deployed middleman Jigar Desai to accept the money.
The complainant from Rajkot had imported imitation jewellery and optical frames of around Rs 80 lakh from China. He had approached Desai in September 2012,to get the container released from JNPT customs. CBI sources said the customs made a case of the goods being undervalued. The file was sent to Krishna for adjudication.
After dodging the complainant for six months,Krishna,through Desai,allegedly demanded the bribe from the complainant who had informed the CBI that he had already paid Rs 42 lakh to Desai,Rs 31 lakh as duty,Rs 8 lakh for detention and demurrage at the port and a penalty of Rs 2.5 lakh.
A remand application filed by the CBI said Krishna wanted the amount to be paid directly to a shopkeeper for a modular kitchen for a house he was constructing at Kharghar.
The CBI is verifying Krishnas property papers. He reportedly owns three flats in Mumbai and two in Patna.