Published On: Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

Maha GST official arrested by ACB for demanding bribe

Thane: A woman GST official was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a trader to process a VAT refund, a senior official said today.

Maharashtra ACB acting DG Vivek Phansalkar

Bharti Kolte (46), attached to the Sales Tax wing of the Goods and Services Tax department, had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 1.25 lakh from a trader who in turn approached the Thane unit of the ACB with a complaint, the official informed.

“A trap was laid yesterday at the GST office situated in Konkan Bhavan in Navi Mumbai. Kolte was nabbed when she accepted a sum of Rs 25,000 from the complainant,” the official said.

The official added that relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act had been invoked against the arrested official and further investigations were underway.

PTI

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