February 07, 2020 09:50 PM

New Delhi (fACE2nEWS)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a private person Dhiraj Gupta, resident of Delhi and a Goods & Services Tax Officer in Trade & Taxes Department, Government of NCT Delhi (who is also OSD to Deputy CM of Delhi) in a bribery case of Rs. 2,26,000/-.

It was alleged that the private person was acting as a middleman on behalf of some GST Department officers including for the public servant for collecting illegal gratification from transporters for not charging Goods and Services Tax from them. Searches were conducted at the official and residential premises of both the accused.

The private person Dhiraj Gupta was arrested on Feb. 5, was produced on Thursday before the Competent Court and was sent to Judicial Custody.  

Gopal Krishna Madhav, Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was arrested in an alleged bribery case of Rs 2 lakh. 

Sources say that the CBI was tipped-off that Madhav, who works with the GST (Goods and Services Tax) Department, was allegedly demanding illegal gratification for not charging tax from transporters. The CBI operation began on February 5 when it nabbed a person, identified as Dheeraj Gupta from Delhi. It was on the basis of information provided by Dheeraj Gupta during interrogation that the CBI laid a trap to catch Madhav red-handed.

Dheeraj Gupta told investigators that he worked as a middleman and collected bribes from transporters on the behalf of OSD Gopal Krishna Madhav. The CBI kept Madhav under constant surveillance for two days - February 5 and 6. 

After getting concrete lead, the CBI arrested OSD to Gopal Krishna Madhav on Thursday night. In the specific case, in which Madhav was arrested, the CBI said the OSD received a bribe of Rs 2.26 lakh for not charging GST from a transporter. Madhav was posted in Sisodia's office since 2015, they said. Sources said the CBI has not found Manish Sisodia's involvement in the case so far. 

Reacting to the development, Manish Sisodia tweeted, "I have come to know that the CBI has arrested a GST inspector while taking bribe. This officer was posted as OSD in my office too. CBI should ensure strictest punishment for him. I have got several such officers arrested during last five years."

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