CBI arrests CGST Superintendent while accepting bribe of Rs 5 lakhs

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Mumbai: Aug 19 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Superintendent from the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) office in the Bhiwandi Commissionerate in neighbouring Thane district while accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from a complainant. CBI officials said on Friday.
As per the CBI’s account, a case was filed based on a complaint against Hemant Kumar, the Superintendent at CGST in the Bhiwandi Commissioner ate.

He was accused of seeking an inappropriate advantage of Rs 30 lakh to settle a pending GST issue involving a China-based company.
The firm was being represented by a tax consulting firm associated with the complainant in Belapur. Subsequently, the accused reportedly negotiated the bribe amount down to ₹15 lakh.

The CBI orchestrated a sting operation, apprehending the accused in the act of accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant. The amount constituted the initial instalment of the total bribe. Searches were conducted at the accused’s Mumbai and Ghaziabad office and residential locations, leading to the seizure of Rs 42.70 lakh in cash, documents pertaining to assets, both movable and immovable, as well as other incriminating records.

The arrested individual was presented before the Special Judge for CBI Cases in Mumbai on Friday, subsequently being remanded to CBI custody until August 21.