CBI raids Mumbai Port Trust officials’ premises

Saturday, January 22, 2011

MUMBAI - The CBI Saturday searched the premises of Mumbai Port Trust officials and a private firm over a corruption case involving a loss of over Rs.6 crore to the port, an official said.

The anti-corruption branch of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches till late in the night at various houses and offices of port trust officials and Interpol Impex company in connection with the alleged wrong doings in 2008.

“Many incriminating documents and other tangible evidence have been seized during searches,” an official said.

Traffic Manager of Mumbai Port Trust V. Ranganath, the then deputy chairman of trust Ashok Kumar Bal and other unknown officials of the trust had entered into criminal a conspiracy amongst themselves and with others by abusing their official position, said the official.

The accused officials waived the demurrage charges without proper approval from the competent authority.

In 2008, the delivery of the cargo stored beyond permissible limits was dishonestly allowed to be removed by Ranganath and Bal without levying of the applicable charges, the official said.

This is an illegal and irregular act on their part, thereby causing wrongful loss to the government and a wrongful gain to Interpol Impex to the tune of Rs.6.63 crore,” the official said.

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