The Mumbai Police’s Economic Offences Wing (EOW) which is probing irregularities in the purchase of bomb disposal suits in the wake of the 26/11 terror attack,has asked the Customs Department to act against importer Bimal Agarwal for allegedly evading customs duty on the suits,top sources said on Thursday.
An FIR was filed against Agarwal and two directors of his firm in March,which is being investigated by the EOW. Sources in the EOW alleged that during its investigations into the procurement of the bomb suits,they had found that Agarwal had flouted the terms for duty exemption granted by the state government for importing the bomb suits.
Agarwal had allegedly imported the suits from countries which are different from the conditions mentioned in the tax exemption certificates,said officers.
Agarwal had imported a total of eight consignments,and the tax exemption certificates given to him were meant for importing goods from the US only. However,we have found that he imported the bomb suits from South Africa and China rather than the US,and in doing so he evaded paying customs duty of a few crore rupees, said an EOW officer,who did not wish to be named.
Of the 82 bomb suits imported by Agarwal,46 were imported from China and the rest from South Africa, said the officer.
According to sources,the EOW has informed the Customs unit at the Sahar Cargo Complex to look into the matter and a probe is now on in this regard.
When contacted,Agarwal’s lawyer Ashok Sarogi,however,said,The exemption was granted for the entire import and was for the specified goods for the state,not for import from a particular country. It did not mention any particular country,and the goods were imported from different places.