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AHMEDA(BA)D: Anti-corruption bureau (ACB) officers on Friday evening caught a joint commissioner and a superintendent of the central GST (goods and services tax) department for allegedly accepting a Rs 1.50 lakh bribe to process input tax credit of Rs1.5 crore, on raw materials imported from China.
The accused, joint commissioner Neetu Singh and superintendent Prakash Yashwant, work at the CGST office in Anandnagar.
“The joint commissioner was supposed to take Rs 1 lakh and the superintendent was supposed to get Rs 50,000,” said an ACB officer. The officer said the complainant approached the ACB through its helpline and narrated how the Class 1 officer and the superintendent were demanding a bribe to settle the matter.
“The complainant had imported some raw material from China on which the CGST department was to process input tax credit of Rs 1.50 crore. As the complainant approached the CGST officers, they demanded money from the complainant,” said the ACB officer.
“As the Holi festival was coming, they asked for Rs 1.50 lakh initially and the rest of the bribe, Rs 3.5 lakh, was to be paid later,” said the officer.
“After the complainant approached the ACB, agency sleuths laid a trap and when Prakash Yashwant came to collect it, he was caught red handed. The complainant then asked to speak to the joint commissioner,” the ACB officer said. He added that when the complainant spoke to Singh, she said she was getting vaccinated for Covid and her share should be given to Yashwant. An ACB team also searched the CGST office to gather evidence in the case.