January 16, 2018 09:24 PM

New Delhi/Kolkata (Face2News) 

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against a Plant Protection Officer, Regional Plant Quarantine Station (RPQS), Ministry of Agriculture (Government of India), Salt Lake, Kolkata; three employees of Kolkata based private firms & unknown others on the allegations that the accused in connivance with various importers and shipping agents were allowing agricultural and plant produces of other countries to be imported without proper test and on the basis of forged & fake phyto-sanitary certificates of various countries, after obtaining huge illegal gratification.

Searches were conducted at 26 locations including Kolkata & Delhi at the residential and office premises of certain officials of the Regional Plant Quarantine Station, premises of shipping/clearing agent, importers based in Kolkata and the employees of other private entities. During the search at the residence of a Plant Protection Officer, Regional Plant Quarantine Station, Kolkata, a cash to the tune of Rs.2.15 crore(approx); investments in post office deposits to the tune of Rs.32 lakh(approx); documents showing investments in several properties in New Delhi, Jharkhand, Bihar & Kolkata; Gold and silver jewellery worth Rs.30 lakh(approx), bank balances to the tune of Rs.44 lakh(approx) and fixed deposit of Rs. 5 lakh(approx) were recovered. Incriminating documents including fake & fabricated phyto-sanitary certificates of different countries, computer hard discs and laptops were also recovered during other places.

Investigation is continuing. on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial.

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