Govt dismisses 15 customs, central excise officers on charges of corruption, bribery

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New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and Finance Secretary Subhash Garg during a pre-budget consultation meeting with the economists, in New Delhi, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (PTI Photo)

File Photo: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur and Finance Secretary Subhash Garg in New Delhi, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (PTI Photo)

The government on Tuesday dismissed from service 15 senior customs and central excise officials, including one of the ranks of the principal commissioner, on charges of corruption and bribery.

Invoking rule 56(j) of the Fundamental Rules, the government has sacked these Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) officers ranging from the ranks of Principal Commissioner to Assistant Commissioner, some of whom were already under suspension, according to a Finance Ministry order.

These officers either had corruption cases registered against them by the CBI or were involved in bribery, extortion and disproportionate assets cases, Finance Ministry sources said.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (j) of rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules, the President of India has retired 15 Officers of Indian Revenue Service (C&CE) in public interest with immediate effect on completing 50 years of age,” a Finance Ministry tweet said.

All these 15 officers shall be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of pay & allowances for a period of 3 months calculated at the same rate at which they were supposed to be withdrawing them (pay & allowances) immediately before their retirement, it added.

Rule 56(j) of the Fundamental Rules allows the appropriate authority to retire any government servant, in public interest, by giving notice of three months.

Last week, the government had sacked 12 Income-Tax officers on charges of corruption, forgery and professional misconduct, besides demoting four Joint Commissioner rank I-T officers to Deputy Commissioner rank over charges of corruption.

(PTI)