He had been booked for misappropriating an impounded consignment of imported electronic goods

In an operation that was shrouded in secrecy, a team from the Kochi unit of the CBI visited the city on Monday and arrested K.S. Chandrasekhar, former Deputy Commissioner of Customs, in connection with a misappropriation case.

Mr. Chandrasekhar, along with two other former colleagues, had been booked for forging documents and making off with a plasma TV, a home theatre system and other electronic goods that had been impounded at the Kochi International Airport in 2008-09.

A PTI report quoted sources in the Kochi CBI as saying the consignment from Kuwait had been abandoned by the intended recipient after a duty of Rs.1 lakh was imposed on it. Instead of auctioning the electronic goods, Mr. Chandrasekhar conspired with his colleagues and took the items home after paying a meagre sum as duty.

He later relocated to Bangalore and when the CBI team searched his house here, they found the contraband there.

“The operation was exclusively carried out by the Kochi team and we had no role to play,” said a senior official. The visiting team left the city around 5 p.m. along with the accused and the seized goods, said another CBI source.

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