Man held for offering bribe to tax official

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The Punjab Vigilance Bureau today nabbed a person for offering Rs 50,000 to Additional Commissioner State Tax (ACST) in lieu of exempting GST on tobacco products.

Chief Director-cum-DGP, Vigilance Bureau, BK Uppal said Varun Mahajan of Jalandhar city was arrested on the complaint of ACST (GST), Jalandhar, Dipender Singh Garcha. The complainant approached the VB and alleged accused Varun Mahajan, an agent, was offering him Rs 50,000 to release his consignment of tobacco products without paying GST which was received through the Railways at the Jalandhar station.

After verifying information, the Vigilance laid a reverse trap and Mahajan was arrested on the spot while offering a bribe of Rs 50,000 to the complainant in the presence of two official witnesses.

A case under the Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against the accused at the VB police station and further investigation is under progress.

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