The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday registered a case against a superintendent of the customs department based in Imphal.

Officials said the case was registered on the basis of allegations that the customs official is in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 56.75 lakh.

It was alleged that the accused during the period January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 had acquired huge assets both movable and immovable in his name and in the name of his family members, which were disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Searches were conducted on Thursday at the premises of the accused and his relative at Imphal, which led to the recovery of cash of Rs 10.59 lakh.

The CBI team also recovered gold ornaments worth Rs 15 lakh, 4 bank accounts, 15 LIC policies.

Besides, the central investing team also recovered other incriminating documents of purchasing various properties including homestead land/paddy lands and investments in financial institutions.

The security forces continue to recover smuggled contraband items from different parts of Manipur.

The security personnel after recovery hand over the recovered contraband items along with the apprehended persons to the customs department.

But it is alleged that some corrupt customs officials in Manipur instead of punishing the guilty and taking legal action against the accused let many of them go scot-free for money.

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