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CBI arrests Tax officer in Kathua for bribery

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Srinagar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested a State Taxes Officer, Circle Kathua for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 13,000 from a complainant.

As per a statement, a case was registered on a complaint against the accused on allegations of demanding bribe.

It was alleged that the complainant had filed applications with State GST office, Circle Kathua, for claiming refund of excess balance in electronic cash ledger and for taking registration under GST for his new firm.

It was further alleged that the State Taxes Officer, Circle Kathua demanded a bribe of Rs 15,000 from the complainant for processing his refund claim and the matter of GST registration. Later, the bribe was negotiated at Rs 13,000.

CBI laid a trap and caught the State Taxes Officer red-handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 13,000 from the complainant. The searches are being conducted at the office and residential premises of the accused at Kathua, Jammu and Samba, the investigating agency said.

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