LUCKNOW The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested two superintendents, one inspector and one tax assistant of GST and Central Excise Division, GST Bhawan, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) for demanding and accepting bribe from $ 25,000 from a man for resolving incorrect notices sent to him about a company registered in his name under GST, CBI officials said on Friday.
CBI officials said the arrested accused were identified as two superintendents, KP Singh and Rohit Kumar Varshney, inspector Pradeep Kumar and assistant public prosecutor Sanchit Kumar. They said a case was registered on the complaint of an agent of Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) against two officials of CGST, Aligarh. They said that the complainant had alleged that no company was ever registered in his name under the GST, but he had been receiving notices from the CGST department since 2021 asking him for an amount of $1,70,981 was demanded.
Officials said the defendants were further alleged to have demanded bribes from $30,000 to rescind the said notice when the complainant met the two accused at the CGST office instead of the said notice. “After this, the CBI laid a trap when assistant public prosecutor Sanchit Kumar, working in the CGST office, accepted the bribe from $25,000 from the complainant and handed it over to Inspector Pradeep Kumar. During the investigation, two superintendents, an inspector and an assistant public prosecutor were captured and the bribe was recovered,” informed a senior CBI official while narrating the sequence of events.
He said that searches were carried out in five places of the four accused and a force of $ 5 lakh and some documents were found. He said the arrested accused were produced before the competent court on Friday and sent to jail.