Sales tax officials held on bribery charge

The Mumbai unit of the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday arrested two officers from the department of sales tax,for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an employee of a firm in Byculla.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 1, 2009 1:14:38 am

The Mumbai unit of the state Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday arrested two officers from the department of sales tax,for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an employee of a firm in Byculla.

The arrested have been identified as Devrao Bhavne, deputy commissioner,and Dilip Dange,inspector.

According to officials from the ACB,the duo was arrested on a complaint lodged by Sameer Desai,who works as an accountant for a Byculla firm called Ruler Plastics. The accused were in touch with Desai since January 13 this year,and were allegedly harassing him for money by issuing a sales tax notice to the firm and demanding a bribe in order to clear the sales tax assessment order.

“Bhavne and Dange had slapped a sales tax notice on the firm in which the complainant was working as an accountant. When Desai approached them after receiving the notice,they asked him to pay up a bribe of Rs 1 lakh before they would pass the assessment order,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (ACB) Prabhakar Satam.

“Desai refused to give in to their demands and pay the bribe,and argued with them stating that his firm’s accounts were perfectly in order. The two sales tax officers then threatened to initiate action against the firm,” said Satam. Fed up with their demands,Desai approached the ACB on January 27 and lodged a complaint against the two officers.

“After preliminary verification of the complaint,an offence was registered against Bhavne and Dange,following which a trap was laid at the sales tax office in Mazgaon. The complainant went to them with the full bribe amount of Rs 1 lakh,and as soon as the two accused accepted it,they were arrested. They will be produced before court on Sunday for seeking police custody,” said Satam.

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