The curse of corruption taking over the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Custom officials

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The Government of India compulsorily retired 15 Commissioner-level officials of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs. According to Finance Ministry sources, the ousted officials were charged with corruption, collecting and giving bribes, smuggling and even criminal conspiracy.

Of late, the Central government has intensified its efforts to clean-up the bureaucracy. Last week, the government had compulsorily retired 12 senior IRS officials from the Income Tax department over charges of corruption, sexual harassment, disproportionate assets under Rule 56(j) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules.

In the latest crackdown, the government compulsorily retired CBIC Principal Commissioner Anup Srivastava (1984-batch IRS), as well as commissioners Atul Dikshit (1988-batch IRS), Sansar Chand (1986-batch IRS), G Shree Harsha (1991-batch IRS), and Vinay Brij (1995-batch IRS).

The Rule 56(j) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 provides for periodical review of performance of government servants with a view to ascertain whether they should be retained in service or retired from service in public interest.

As per these instructions, the cases of government servants covered by FR 56(j), 56(1) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before they attain the age of 50-55 years, in cases covered by FR 56(j) and on completion of 30 years of qualifying service under FR 56(1) or Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

This increase in corruption charges has had a pan-India effect with cases coming to light from Hyderabad, Telangana. There have been numerous reports of custom officers and DRI officials from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport of Shamshabad area in Hyderabad who are hand in glove with the hardcore smugglers and criminals and are troubling the innocent passengers just for eyewash by abusing their power. We are gathering the clues of their mode of corruption and accumulating the benamies, portfolios and immovable properties and stash in diamonds and gold. It is the responsibility of every patriotic citizen to aid the Prime Minister, the government and CBI officials in making India a corruption free country. Our media should collect and bring the collected information connected to their illegitimate accumulation of wealth as well as relevant sources and media of corruption.

The performance of our Prime Minister as well as Minister of Finance Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman in this regard is appreciable. We are providing the relevant concrete and corroborated information to Ministry of Finance and top officials of CBI for further investigation and stern action against some of the highly corrupt officials of the Revenue Department at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Telangana.

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