GST Council superintendent, aide arrested over bribery charges

Monish Malhotra the superintendent and Manas Patra the alleged middleman were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation last evening an official said

Monish Malhotra the superintendent and Manas Patra the alleged middleman were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation last evening an official said

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council officer Monish Malhotra and his close aide Manas Patra, a private tax consultant, in an alleged corruption case in the national Capital.

A GST Council statement said, "It is clarified that the charges on which the arrest has been made pertain to his activities in his previous posting and do not relate to the discharge of his duties in the GST Council secretariat".

During searches, the CBI has recovered Rs seven lakh in cash from the premises of Malhotra. Malhotra, the superintendent, and Patra, the alleged middleman, were arrested by the CBI on Wednesday evening.

The CBI said that Malhotra was recently posted in the GST Council headquarters at Jeevan Bharti Building in Delhi. On his instruction, Patra had collected money from many private persons during the period.

Explaining the modus operandi, CBI officials said Patra established contact with businessmen on Malhotra's behalf and collected bribes on quarterly or monthly basis.

The FIR reads: "Monish Malhotra while working as Superintendent, Range-36, and Central Excise had been indulging into corrupt practices of extending undue favours to private parties, businessmen by not taking action against them in lieu of periodical illegal gratification".

Reacting to this, Finance Ministry officials said the GST superintendent was managing correspondence from various stakeholders in the Council and was not in a position to deal with the public.

The agency had received input that Patra was scheduled to deliver collections of the "last few days" at the residence of Malhotra yesterday, along with the paper containing details of receipt of bribes, a CBI official said. Both Malhotra and Patra, arrested on Wednesday night, have been booked under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code and Sections 7 and 8 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988.

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