Mumbai: Aashish Mangal, Father of a 13-year-old girl in the city has alleged that the customs officials at the international airport in Andheri had demanded a bribe of Rs 25,000 from him to hand over his bag to him from cargo, which contained Rs 8,000 in it.
The bag belonged to his 13-year-old daughter, she studies at Ryan International School, Malad. The school has ties up with Thames Valley University. Mangal’s daughter had gone to London for a study tour.
Mangal had tweeted to the local authorities of London and soon the bag was traced and sent back to India via speed post. The bag reached on September 7. Mangal had sent one of his friend to collect the bag from customs as he was not in town.
“They told my friend that the bag can’t be returned as its origins were being probed and if I was desperate to reclaim it, then I should pay Rs25,000 as a bribe,” said Mangal to Hindustan Times.
A senior official said, “The complainant’s friend was explained that an amount of more than Rs5,000 [Indian currency] coming from overseas requires an NoC from the Reserve Bank of India. He would get the bag and money once he submits the NoC.”
The official also mentioned that they did ask Mangal for the name of the official who asked money to clear the bag. No name has emerged in the case so far.