Customs man suspended as bribe video goes viral

Summary: MUMBAI: The Customs department has suspended superintendent of customs N G Shelar after a video clip in which he was seen accepting a bribe went viral on Thursday. The video shows the flyer in conversation with the Customs officer at a counter. The passenger agrees after which the officer calls the constable posted with the Customs and asks him to collect the money. The officer was identified as Shelar, presently posted at Nhava Sheva customs, and placed under suspension. Shelar was posted at the airport two years ago, when the video was reportedly shot.

MUMBAI: The Customs department has suspended superintendent of customs N G Shelar after a video clip in which he was seen accepting a bribe went viral on Thursday. The action follows TOI ‘s report on Friday about the clip that showed an officer and a constable accepting Rs 4,000 bribe from a flyer at the international airport. The video shows the flyer in conversation with the Customs officer at a counter. The officer is heard asking for money from the passenger. The officer tells the passenger that he will face trouble for carrying certain items in his luggage and asks him to cough up Rs 4,000.

The passenger agrees after which the officer calls the constable posted with the Customs and asks him to collect the money. The constable takes the passenger to a nearby cabin and collects the cash. The officer was identified as Shelar, presently posted at Nhava Sheva customs, and placed under suspension. Shelar was posted at the airport two years ago, when the video was reportedly shot. Sources said that at an internal meeting on Friday, that followed the TOI report, chief commissioner of Customs, Devender Singh, instructed that officials of the Air Intelligence Unit (AIU), which is assigned the duty of combating smuggling, should keep a watch on passengers discreetly and not be seen in the arrival hall. A source said Singh’s instructions came after a member of the Brihanmumbai Customs House Agents’ Association complained about officers frisking him.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Customs-man-suspended-as-bribe-video-goes-viral/articleshow/52273985.cms

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