Goods and Service Tax (GST) formally came into effect from midnight on July 1. Photograph: (Pinterest)
In what could be the first case of the arrest of a GST Council official, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested the superintendent of the newly-established council for allegedly receiving bribes through one of his close aides.
The superintendent, Monish Malhotra, and the alleged middleman Manas Patra, were arrested by the CBI last evening, an official told PTI.
This is most likely the first instance of a GST Council official being arrested by the central investigating agency.
Monish Malhotra, who was earlier posted in Central Excise, has been accused of corrupt practices, including extending undue favours to private parties by not taking action against them, in return for periodic bribes.
In its probe, the CBI discovered that Patra allegedly established contact with the parties on behalf of Malhotra and collected bribes on a quarterly or monthly basis.
The CBI alleged in its FIR that Patra deposited the bribes in his account and later transferred the money to an HDFC Bank account owned by Malhotra's wife Shobhna and the ICICI account of his daughter Aiyushi.
The CBI raided the Malhotra's premises and arrested him along with Patra after acting on an input that the middleman was to deliver past few days' collections and details of the receipts of the bribes at the superintendent's residence
The bribe money and the documents were also seized, a CBI official said.