Hyderabad airport seizure: Officials under pressure to spare customs superintendent

A day after the state prohibition and excise department officials arrested two customs officials for allegedly selling duty-free liquor, the officials of excise department were flooded with calls.

Published: 20th May 2017 05:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th May 2017 05:18 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: A day after the state prohibition and excise department officials arrested two customs officials for allegedly selling duty-free liquor, the officials of excise department were flooded with phone calls from several high and mighty, not only from Telangana but also from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, to spare the officers involved in the case.

However, the officials went ahead and arrested another senior officer in the customs department on Friday. Their request was not to arrest customs superintendent Parthasarathy, who was taken into custody on Thursday. 

It is learnt that ministers from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, IAS officer from Telangana and few others have also called a senior officer in the Enforcement wing to not to arrest Parthasarathy. Speaking to the Express, Director, Enforcement Wing, Excise department Akun Sabharwal confirmed the news.

“People from several parts and different cadres have called us not to arrest a senior officer, who is involved in the illegal sale of liquor and created huge loss to the state government. But, the officer has been  arrested and remanded to judicial custody on Friday,’’ he said. The officer said that more arrests are on the cards.

The enforcement wing officials on Thursday arrested two officials for procuring duty-free liquor from airport.

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