Input Tax Credit Scam: GST Officials Demanded Rs 5 Crore Bribe, Says CBI | Hyderabad News



Hyderabad: CBI investigating GST commissioner scam informed High Court that Deputy GST commissioner Chilaka Sudha Rani and office superintendent BS Gandhi demanded Rs 5 crore as a bribe JS Sridhar Reddy wine from Bharani products.
They collected Rs 10 lakh in cash and demanded the rest of the bribe in the form of land and plots. Although Gandhi claims he was assigned to Medchal GST’s office and therefore has nothing to do with the anti-escape wing operating out of Hyderabad, he was in fact operating from that same city office and in done from Sudha Rani’s bedroom. The staff of this city themselves testified to this effect before the CBI.
Ashok Kumar Mahail, the inspector of the CBI’s anti-corruption wing, filed an affidavit in the High Court to this effect. The affidavit was filed in response to Gandhi’s motion challenging the FIR registered by CBI against him. He raised a technical objection to CBI obtaining authorization from the Union Minister of Finance to initiate criminal proceedings against him. He said that the competent authority to do so is the GST commissioner, not the Minister of Finance. “We only obtained the prior approval under Article 17A of the Corruption Prevention Law from the competent authority after having sufficiently informed the higher authorities of the seriousness of the situation,” he said. said the CBI officer. “In fact, we conducted a preliminary investigation to verify the facts and only after making sure of the veracity of the complaint, we registered the FIR,” said the inspector.
When the highest authority like the Union Minister of Finance has granted the sanction, it is incorrect to say that the Group B officer should give this sanction.
Claiming that Gandhi illegally earned rupee crores during his ten-year stint as the Enforcement Branch (ED), the CBI said it had filed a separate claim for disproportionate assets against him. “He registered a Sri Sha consulting company in his wife’s name. He raided some companies as an ED authority. Later, the same companies would benefit from his wife’s counseling services and pay her large sums, ”the CBI said in its affidavit explaining Gandhi’s mode of extortion. His wife Sirisha secured a similar employment contract for Rs 29 lakh from the Indu projects when Gandhi was investigating the Indu-Housing Board in connection with the YS Jagan Mohan Reddy assets case. An indictment against Gandhi will soon be filed separately, the CBI officer said in the affidavit. The case will be heard Thursday before Judge K Lakshman.



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