Updated: April 7, 2021 8:22:37 am
A session court rejected the bail applications of Neetu Singh Tripathi, Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer and Joint Commissioner at Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) office in Ahmedabad along with her accomplice Prakash Rasania, superintendent, CGST on Tuesday in a case of allegedly accepting Rs 1.5 lakh cash as bribe.
According to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials, JA Thakkar, special judge (ACB) and fifth Additional District and Sessions Judge at Mirzapur court rejected the common bail applications of Neetu Singh Tripathi, Joint Commissioner (Grade 1), CGST Division 4 Ahmedabad and Prakash Rasania, superintendent, CGST Division 4 on Tuesday citing that “the investigation is at delicate stage.”
On March 26, ACB officials had arrested Prakash Rasani for allegedly accepting Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe in exchange for “closing the file” of the complainant who was sent a notice by the CGST in relation with a difference in input tax credit filed by him for the year 2019-2020. According to ACB, the complainant had received a notice from the CGST in March this year regarding submission of documents related to Rs 5.39 lakh amount which was the difference amount between ITC shown and ITC filed. The complainant has claimed that he met the accused JC at her office wherein she earlier demanded Rs 5 lakh bribe and later the amount came down to Rs 1.5 lakh.
The complainant then approached the ACB which then set a trap and Superintendent Prakash Rasania was allegedly held accepting the bribe allegedly on behalf of Tripathi on March 26 at the CGST office in Ahmedabad. Both the accused officials were arrested under Prevention of Corruption Act and sent to judicial custody.
On Tuesday, special judge (ACB) JA Thakkar rejected the bail applications and observed in his order that “There is a strong prima facie case against the accused and the investigation is at a delicate stage”. The court further observed that the allegations against the JC appears to be “very serious in nature and if the accused is released on bail, then may effect the case of prosecution and the interest of the society as well has not fulfil the object of the Prevention of Corruption Act.”
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