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CBIC clarifies on detention of TMC MP's wife by customs officers at Kolkata airport

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBIC Saturday termed "malicious and malafide" the attempts to connect the RTI reply regarding detention of an individual by customs officials at the with that of detention of wife of

The (CBIC) debunked reports in regional media quoting an RTI which said that no incident involving alias alias wife of at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Kolkata (NSCBI Airport) has occurred at all.

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The CBIC said was intercepted by customs officials in the intervening night of March 15-16, 2019, while passing through at for checking.

It said the RTI application, which are quoting, dated March 22, sought information concerning detention of (and not about Ms Rujira Naroola) in the night of March 16, 2019 or in early morning of March 17, 2019 (and not in the intervening night of March 15-16, 2019 when the incident described above occurred).

"Accordingly, the reply of RTI was given with respect to the query on CBIC clarified that the RTI application dated March 22, 2019 filed with CPIO, Office of of Customs, Airport Customs House, Kolkata, does not relate to the aforesaid incident involving Ms.

"All attempts being made to connect the RTI reply regarding one Ms. with the aforesaid incident involving Ms. Rujira Naroola are malicious and malafide, the CBIC said.

Naroola, was flying from on with Ms. and refused to show her passports and get her bags scanned, when asked.

"Naroola instead of cooperating started abusing and threatening Customs Officers with dire consequences. Subsequently, local police officers entered the restricted customs area demanding immediate release of the said two ladies without any checking, thereby obstructing discharge of statutory functions by Customs officers.

The local police further demanded that their VIPs must be allowed to pass through without checking, otherwise concerned customs Officers shall be arrested/detained, the CBIC said.

of Customs, had lodged a complaint dated March 22, 2019, reporting particulars of the aforesaid incident with Police Station NSCBI Airport, Kolkata.

Writ Petition raising violation of fundamental rights of Customs officers and general public by obstruction caused by in discharge of statutory functions by the Customs Officers is pending adjudication before the Hon'ble of India, the CBIC said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, May 11 2019. 22:31 IST
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