GST Commissioner Arrested on Bribery Charges

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The Goods and Services Tax commissioner from Kanpur and eight others, including three officials, are arrested on Saturday for running an alleged bribery racket in the department. It is alleged by CBI that these officials used to collect regular bribes from businessmen and industrialists of Kanpur for providing them tax-related relief and shielding them from notices of the department, the sources said.

As per media reports, arrested officials are GST Commissioner, a 1986- batch Indian Revenue Service officer, two superintendents of the department, one personal staff and five private individuals, including the owner of Shishu Soaps, were nabbed by the CBI in a late-night operation in Kanpur and Delhi.

It is alleged that the bribes were collected either in the form of cash or costly items like refrigerators, television sets, and mobile phones which were delivered to the commissioner’s residence in New Delhi, they said.According to the agency sources,

The agency has also named wife of Commissioner and two others in its FIR but they have not been arrested yet.The CBI has alleged in its FIR that the GST Commissioner along with his subordinates used to collect bribes on monthly and quarterly basis from industrialists and businessmen, they said.

The bribes in cash were routed through hawala channels to Delhi through two operators based in Delhi, who used to deliver it to Commissioner’s wife.The bribes were accepted on case-to-case basis for the assistance required by the private parties in the department, it alleged.The agency has alleged that Chand in conspiracy with superintendents u