Pune: The case of bank officials who defrauded the Customs department of fine at Pune airport has turned out to be more serious as the amount defrauded is likely to shoot up to Rs 1.5 crore.
The incident had come to light when the Airport police registered a case against two Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) officials for allegedly duping the Customs of Rs 14 lakh, which was collected as fine by the Customs at Pune airport from passengers violating Customs rules. The two accused were identified as Ramesh Magar and Gopal Kamble. According to Customs sources at the airport, both the accused were on duty at Pune airport. The fine was collected by them.
“The matter came to light when it was noticed that the amount which was collected from passengers was not deposited in the Customs account.
On July 20, when we started scrutinising our account, we found Rs 14 lakh was not deposited. We immediately contacted the officials and raised the issue,” said a highly-placed Customs officer. The department has sent three lists to the bank. The first was sent on July 25, the second and third on July 28. In the two lists which were sent recently, the department mentioned Rs 20 lakh and Rs 28 lakh respectively.
The Customs officials expect that the amount will go up to Rs 1.5 crore. “We are regularly in touch with the bank officials for amount recovery. The bank officials have registered a case against the accused officials. We want recovery of our amount as soon as possible,” said a senior
Customs official. There are four international flights coming in to Pune from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Frankfurt. Thousands of passengers come daily by these flights. The passengers who violate the Customs rules are fined.