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Submission of intimation of Arrest report and Incident report- (Ministry of Finance ) (05 Oct 2021)



This is with reference to the Board's Circular No. 38/2013 dated 17.09.2013 read with CBIC Circular No. 28/2015 dated 23.10.2015 regarding the guidelines for Arrest and Bail in relation to offenses punishable under Customs Act, 1962, and Board's Instruction No. 19/2018 dated 22.11.2018. The Circular No. 38/2013 instructs inter-alia that (para 5 ibid): "Chief Commissioners/DGRI shall send a report on every arrest to the concerned Member within twenty-four (24) hours of the arrest. To maintain an All India record of arrests made under the Customs Act, 1962, a monthly report of all persons arrested in the Zone shall be sent by the Chief Commissioner to DRI (Hqrs) in the format prescribed and enclosed, by the 5th of the succeeding month and the same would be compiled and sent to Anti-Smuggling Unit, CBEC by 10th of every month zone wise." The Instruction No. 19/2018 dated 22.11.2018 prescribed the format for reporting arrests. It is noticed that many a time arrest reports are not submitted within the stipulated time and in the format prescribed. Also, the arrests made by the formations are not intimated to the Member (Investigation).

2. In this regard, I am directed to convey/reiterate

i. Besides intimating to the Zonal Member concerned, arrest reports shall also be intimated to the Member (Investigation). Further, I am directed to reiterate that:

ii. A monthly report of all persons arrested in the Zone shall be sent by the Chief Commissioner to the Principal Director General/Director General of Revenue Intelligence in the format prescribed, by the 5th of the succeeding month.

iii. The monthly reports received from the formations shall be compiled by Directorate General of Revenue Intelligence (HQ) and a compiled report shall be sent to the O/o the Commissioner (Investigation-Customs), CBIC by 10th of every month Zone wise.

iv. All the arrests made, shall be intimated to the Board within the stipulated time in the prescribed format.

v. All such reports shall be sent only by e-mail and the practice of sending hard copies to the Board should be stopped with immediate effect.


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