The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two superintendents of police (SP) of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) department of the Maharashtra government for demanding and accepting of bribe of Rs 1 Lakh. The police officers posted at GST Office in Pune were arrested after the CBI received information of their wrongdoings.
According to a report by news agency ANI, the police officials had accepted a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a person for settling the Service Tax (ST) liability for the financial year 2016-17. The accused are being produced today before the Special Judge, CBI Cases, Pune.
Last year, similarly, an Assistant Commissioner of GST department, Delhi, was arrested for accepting a bribe of Rs 6 Lakh. “It was alleged that a survey and seizure operation had been conducted by the GST Department against a private firm based in Karol Bagh area. Joon allegedly sought illegal gratification from the Karol Bagh based firm through Khurana in lieu of help in the case,” a CBI official said. A case was registered against him under sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). During the search operations, several documents and Rs 22 lakh cash was recovered.