A cabin crew of the Air India, who illegally smuggled 400 grams of gold from Jeddah to Cochin in August 2017, has been sentenced to imprisonment for four years by a CBI court. A special CBI court in Kerala’s Ernakulam district has sentenced Himat Kumar Obhan, then deputy chief cabin crew of Air India to four years of rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 25,000.
The CBI had registered a case on August 28, 2017 against Himat Kumar Obhan. It was alleged that Obhan, while he was on duty as cabin crew in Air India flight number 964 from Jeddah International Airport to Cochin International Airport, he abused his official position and kept 400 grams gold bars, worth Rs 11,92,000, by hiding it in his pant pockets. Himat Kumar Obhan was intercepted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) at the Cochin International Airport when he arrived from Jeddah on August 9, 2017.
When he was being scanned at the airport, the officers found 4 bars of gold weighing 100 grams each in Obhan’s pocket and he was booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating and under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the CBI pursued the case and Obhan, a resident of Mumbai, was found guilty of smuggling the gold and cheating.