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CBI arrests CGST commissioner, middleman on graft charge

It was alleged that the complainant executed construction work related to NF Railway and raised bills. 

GUWAHATI:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Commissioner (Appeals), Central GST & CE, Guwahati and a middleman in an alleged bribery of Rs 3.83 lakh here on September 29.

A case was registered against Commissioner (Appeals), Central GST & CE, Guwahati and three middlemen on a complaint.

It was alleged that the complainant executed construction work related to NF Railway and raised bills.

The Additional Commissioner, Central Goods & Service Tax, Dibrugarh raised a demand of Service Tax amounting to Rs 48,43,034.

Aggrieved with the order of the Additional Commissioner, Central Goods & Service Tax, the Complainant preferred an appeal before the Commissioner (Appeals), CGST, Central Excise & Customs, Guwahati against the adjudication order.

It was further alleged that during one of the hearings of the said appeal, the Commissioner demanded a bribe of Rs 4,50,000 (i.e. @ of 10% of the demand of Service Tax) through middlemen, which was further negotiated to Rs. 3.83 lakh to settle the matter.

CBI laid a trap and caught a middleman while accepting a bribe of Rs 3.83 lakh on behalf of the Commissioner (an IRS Officer). The Commissioner was also caught.

Searches were conducted at the premises of the accused which led to the recovery of incriminating materials.

Both the arrested accused will be produced before the competent court, an official CBI release here said.

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