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Central Excise Official who escaped from CBI Custody surrenders – Raja escaped from the custody of CBI officials on Friday with the help of a gang of rowdies.
Five days after escaping from the custody of CBI officials, central excise superintendent Ashok Raja surrendered before a magistrate court at Egmore in Chennai on Wednesday.
Raja escaped from the custody of CBI officials on Friday with the help of a gang of rowdies.
The court remanded him in judicial custody till April 27. Court officials informed the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the CBI about his surrender.
The CBI officials are planning to take him into custody to inquire about attack and bribery charges slapped on him.
On April 9, ACB sleuths laid a trap for Raja acting on a complaint filed by cable TV operator Muruganantham of Nagamalai Pudukottai near Madurai.
According to their plan, a five-member team of CBI officials in plain clothes went to the central excise office in Madurai and apprehended Raja when he accepted a bribe of Rs 75,000 from Muruganantham.
When the CBI team was recording the statement of Raja and his aide, a gang of about 10 rowdies came to the office on four and two-wheelers and attacked them. It was not clear who tipped the gang of Muruganantham’s detention.
A CBI official said, “The gang attacked us and rescued Ashok Raja from our custody. They also destroyed evidences collected from him. However, we were able to secure some of it.”
“This is one of the rare cases where CBI officials were attacked at a central government office. This shows how deep rooted corruption is,” the official said.
One of the injured CBI officials was admitted to Government Hospital in Madurai. Based on the official’s complaint, local police began inquiries.
Police said the attackers could have links with ‘Climax’ Raja, a retired central excise officer who is associated with the Central Excise Officers Association.
Inspector general of police (IGP) south zone S Murugan and Madurai deputy commissioner of police (law and order) Bandi Gangadhar conducted an inquiry. A special team has been formed to investigate the incident. The registered a separate case.