CBI arrests customs superintendent for graft

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

Lucknow: A team from Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) Lucknow unit arrested customs superintendent Pramod Kumar Tiwari for accepting bribe from a businessman in Siddharthnagar on Thursday. The officer was also suspended, and a departmental inquiry initiated against him. The complainant Mohammad Islam runs a poultry business and his three trucks used to pass through Kakrahwa Border in Siddharthnagar where Pramod was incharge.Islam claimed that Pramod demanded Rs 5,000 per month per vehicle for smooth functioning of Mohammad Islams business.Sources said Islam had initially lodged a complaint with the local police authorities, and they directed him to report the matter to CBI in Lucknow. Soon after the accused informed the CBI, an inspector rank officer contacted him.Islam was asked to keep in contact with Pramod and fix an opportune time for giving him the bribe for the passage of trucks, said a source privy to the probe.On Thursday, when Islam handed over the bribe to Pramod at his office in Kakrahwa in Siddharthnagar, the CBI team present their nabbed him red-handed. CBI teams also carried out searches at his premises, the sources added.Sources further said a departmental probe was already underway against Pramod in a case of seeking Rs 1 lakh from a trader in Gorakhpur. Pramod had joined the department as an inspector and went on to become superintendent of customs.We also published the following articles recentlyIslamic State claims responsibility for deadly Philippine bombingIslamic State militants claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing at a Catholic Mass in the Philippines. The attack occurred during a religious gathering in a university gymnasium in Marawi, a city besieged by Islamist militants in 2017. The Islamic State group said its members detonated the bomb. The Philippine President condemned the "senseless and most heinous acts perpetrated by foreign terrorists". Security measures were strengthened in the countrys south and around Manila.Philippines identifies 2 members of pro-Islamic State group as bomb suspectsPhilippine police identified Kadapi Mimbesa and Arsani Membisa as suspects in the deadly blast during a Catholic Mass in Marawi. The suspects are believed to be members of the pro-Islamic State militant group Daulah-Islamiyah Maute, which controlled the city in 2017. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr blamed "foreign terrorists" for the explosion.CJM rejects CBI chargesheet, orders further investigationThe Madurai CJM court refused to accept the chargesheet filed by the CBI in the 2018 Tuticorin police firing incident, directing further investigation. The CBI registered the case based on the complaint by the former Tuticorin district secretary of CPM, K S Arjunan, as per the direction of the Madras high court. The complainant objected to only one inspector being accused and raised concerns about police excesses and human rights violations. The court ordered the CBI to file a report within six months and conduct a court-monitored investigation.

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