Commissioner of Service Tax arrested in a bribery case
Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Commissioner of Service Tax (an officer of 1990 Batch in Custom & Central Excise) of Haldia Commissionerate (West Bengal), his aide (a private person);a Director of a private company based at Haldia and a courier related to the same company in a bribery case.
All the four arrested accused persons were produced in the CBI Special Court at Alipore in Kolkata on Saturday (May 16) and were remanded to five days police custody on Saturday.
CBI registered the case of bribery leading to the arrests under section 120-B of the Indian penal code (IPC) and sections 7,12 & 13(2) read with sections 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. It has been alleged that the bribe was paid to the accused public servant for showing favour by conducting perfunctory inquiry/investigation in the assessment of the unpaid service tax by a company engaged in stevedoring and offshore cargo handling in Haldia Dock Complex.
CBI laid a trap and arrested the Commissioner of Service Tax & his aide, a private person, from his official residence at Kolkata for accepting the last instalment of Rs. 5,00,000 from the courier. A total bribe of Rs. 2 million was allegedly demanded by the public servant . The Director of the company involved and the courier who delivered the bribe money also have been arrested.
Searches were conducted at 13 locations in Kolkata, Haldia, Hyderabad and Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, leading to the recovery of incriminating documents. Rs.8,54000 in cash and incriminating documents like pass books and cheques for various bank accounts were recovered from the official residence of the Service Tax Commissioner.