Mother and Son arrested and beaten by the Customs Officers of IGI Delhi

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Delhi IGI Airport Customs:

At IGI Airport, Delhi, the Customs Officers Caught a Mother-Son in alleged gold smuggling on 30th December 2019. The both Mother and Son taken into Custody by the Customs Officers for investigation.

The Customs officer was taken Mother-Son to different room and questioned. 

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In one room boy beaten badly by the Customs officer, latter his mother accept the allegation of smuggling of gold, and concealed gold weighing 646 grams handover to Customs. 

The event is dated 30 December 2019. On the basis of information, a flight from Bangkok detained a 45-year-old woman and her 22-year-old son by customs officials posted at Terminal-3 IGI Airport, Delhi. 

Latter, Bail was granted by the Customs, in the alleged offence which is bailable under Customs Act, 1962.

Third category of offence which is being made non-bailable  is the offence relating to import or export of any goods which have not been declared in accordance with the provisions of the Customs Act and where the market price of the goods exceeds Rs. 1 crore.

There is also allegations against Customs Officers, they are not follow the “due process” during investigation. The Customs Officers also violate Article 20(3) of the Constitution of India. Article 20(3) read as:-

“No person accused of any offence shall be compelled to be a witness against himself.” 

This principle is espoused on the maxim “nemo teneteur prodre accussare seipsum”, which essentially means “NO MAN IS BOUND TO ACCUSE HIMSELF.” 

The clause (3) of Article 20 gives protection only if the following ingredients are present:

  1.  The protection available to a person accused of an offence;
  2.  The protection against compulsion to be a witness against oneself; and
  3.  The protection against such “Compulsion” as resulting in his giving evidence against himself.

There is also allegations against department, for extortion, corruption etc. time to time. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is the apex intelligence and investigative agency for matters relating to violation of the Customs Act, 1962.


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