CBI files charge sheet against GST Commissioner in corruption case

The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Commissioner, Goods and Service Tax (GST), Sansar Chand in a corruption case, a first against a senior officer of the department, officials said here.

Besides Sansar Chand, the agency has also arrested his wife Avinash Kaur in the case last month and she has also been charge sheeted in the corruption case of receiving an alleged bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from a Kanpur-based businessman, they said.

The Indian Revenue Service 1986-batch officer then posted in Kanpur is the first senior officer of the GST department constituted last year to face charges of corruption from the CBI, they said.

The agency has charged him and his wife along with 13 others with criminal conspiracy and corruption among others.

“The investigation revealed that Sansar Chand in criminal conspiracy with others was systematically collecting illegal gratification in lieu of various officials acts in connection to matters pertaining to Central excise department under its jurisdiction in Kanpur,” an official said.

The agency in a late night operation on February 2, 2018 had arrested two superintendents of the department (Ajay Shrivastav, R S Chandel), one personal staff (Saurabh Pandey) and five private individuals, including the owner of Shishu Soaps, in a late-night operation in Kanpur and Delhi.

Besides these, five more including the wife of the officer have been charge sheeted by the agency under the corruption charges, they said adding that 11 persons have been arrested.

The agency has alleged in the charge sheet that Sansar Chand along with his subordinates used to collect bribes on monthly and quarterly basis from industrialists and businessmen, they said.

“Investigation has revealed that Sansar Chand and his wife Avinash Kaur had demanded and accepted various valuable things for themselves and their relatives. During investigation a total 11 persons have been arrested and all are in prison under judicial custody,” an official said.

During searches at the time of arrest, the agency had carried out searches at the premises of accused persons including public servants, private individuals, middlemen at Kanpur and Delhi which led to recovery of Rs 58 lakh and several incriminating documents including diaries, pen drives and documents of properties worth crores.

Source: ET

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