GST commissioner, eight others arrested in bribery case

GST commissioner, eight others arrested in bribery case

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The CBI has arrested a Goods and Services Tax commissioner from Kanpur and eight others, including three officials, busting an alleged bribery racket in the department, the agency sources said. The 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. 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, Sansar Chand, a 1986-batch Indian Revenue Service officer, posted as Commissioner, two superintendents of the department (Ajay Shrivastav, R S Chandel), one personal staff (Saurabh Pandey) and five private individuals, including the owner of Shishu Soaps, were nabbed by the CBI in a late-night operation in Kanpur and Delhi. The agency has also named Chand’s wife Avinash Kaur; and Aman Shah, Superintendent, GST and Central Excise, Kanpur, in its FIR but they have not been arrested yet, the sources said, adding one arrested suspect is not mentioned in the FIR.

The CBI has alleged in its FIR that Chand along with his subordinates used to collect bribes on monthly and quaterly basis from industrialists and businessmen, they said. The bribes in cash were routed thr...

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