Top customs official held for graft

The CBI on Friday arrested customs and central excise (Kolkata) commissioner A.M. Sahay for allegedly accepting a bribe of `1 crore through a hawala channel. The agency also arrested four others, Prateek Bhalotia, R. Bhalotia, Sandeep and Jasraj, in an operation which was carried out in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Sources said, “The accused public servant was arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of `1 crore through a hawala channel. Acting on a tip-off, the agency sleuths started monitoring all relevant leads in this case and found that `1.10 crore was being exchanged allegedly as bribe for clearing a Mumbai-based company in an excise case.”
The commissioner had allegedly also asked the company to give a consultancy job to a woman friend and to hike her salary by lakhs of rupees every month to account for the bribe money. CBI officials conducted searches and allegedly recovered `60 lakh from Kolkata, the sources said, adding the money was also payment towards the bribe amount.

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