Rs 4,000 bribe trail leads to crores parked in property
The bribe sought was only Rs 4,000, but the case led the CBI to real estate investments of crores made by two customs officers. During his house search, assistant customs commissioner Raj Gehani, arrested on Tuesday while accepting Rs 2,000 of the Rs 4,000 demanded, was found to have made a payment of Rs 1 crore to buy a flat in Santra cruz.
The CBI also recovered fixed deposit documents of Rs 1.7 crore and Rs 11 lakh in cash. Customs appraiser S S Upadhyay, booked with Gehani in the case, was found to possess three flats and three shops in Navi Mumbai besides a plot in Karjat. The CBI recovered documents showing that Upadhyay had purchased two more flats and sold these in Kharghar.
It found he had purchased a plot of land in Lucknow and sold it. The CBI also found Rs 5.5 lakh in cash. Both Gehani and Upadhyay were posted at the Air Cargo Complex in Andheri, the oldest and the biggest in the country and which generates a revenue of around Rs 14,000 crore.
After the arrest of Gehani, the CBI conducted searches at his and Upadhyay’s respective residences. It found Gehani had paid Rs 1.02 crore to a builder to purchase a flat in an under-construction building in the name of his relative. From Upadhyay’s residence, the CBI recovered documents of purchase for three flats in Nerul and an equal number of shops in Kharghar and Vashi.