Duty-free probe turns to Customs official

Customs sleuths probing the alleged customs duty evasion by Plus Max, the duty-free agency at the Thiruvananthapuram international airport, has intensified the search for a customs officer in connection with the case.

Official sources said they had collected more evidence about the involvement of Luke K. George, a customs official, in the case. The customs team had earlier found that George collected airline manifests from various airline companies by writing to them via email. Officials said he had sought the data in the guise of intelligence collection. The sleuths arrested Kiran David, 32, a marketing executive with Plus Max, and remanded him in judicial custody till August 3.

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