The Special CBI Judge, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) has sentenced Devender P. Sangwan, then Inspector of Customs & Central Excise, Surat (Gujarat) to undergo three years of Rigorous Imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25,000.
The Court has also ordered the confiscation of Rs 17,64,950 +interest lying in FD with SBI and to be paid to the Government Exchequer.
CBI had registered a case on 07.07.2011 against Shri Devender P. Sangwan, the then Inspector of Customs & Central Excise, Surat-2, Surat (Gujarat). It was alleged that the accused during the check period 01 January 2004 to 08 March 2011 had acquired disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs. 23,38,172 (102.31%) against his known sources of income.
After investigation, a charge sheet was filed on 06.09.2012 against the accused before the Designated Court at Ahmedabad.
The Trial Court found the accused guilty and convicted him. It may be noted that CBI had earlier registered another case on 07.03.2011 against Sh. Devender P. Sangwan, the then Inspector of Customs & Central Excise, Surat-2, Surat, and four others. It was alleged that a private person entered into a conspiracy with public servants and organized a network of bribes for getting his work done smoothly. Searches were conducted on 08.03.2011 at the premises of the accused. During a search at the residential premises of Devender P. Sangwan, currency notes to the tune of Rs. 17,65,950 (approx.) were recovered. It was further alleged that Sangwan tried to burn some of the currency notes when the CBI reached to conduct a search of his residence at Surat.
Devender P. Sangwan was arrested in this case. It was also alleged that Devender P. Sangwan was in possession of huge assets which were disproportionate to his known sources of income. As such, a DA case was registered against him subsequently.