In a significant development, officials from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in Srikakulam district apprehended a Goods and Services Tax (GST) officer on Wednesday, red-handed while accepting a bribe. The accused officer, identified as GSTO N. Kishore Kumar, was caught in the act after demanding a bribe of ₹1.5 lakh from a cashew trader seeking input tax from the government.
According to ACB Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ramanamurthy, the cashew trader approached Kishore Kumar for assistance in obtaining input tax benefits. In response, the GST officer allegedly insisted on a bribe amounting to ₹1.5 lakh for facilitating the process. Unwilling to succumb to corruption, the trader promptly reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
Upon receiving the complaint, the ACB advised the trader on a strategic course of action. In line with their guidance, the trader offered to pay ₹1 lakh to Kishore Kumar, and the ACB team, led by DSP Ramanamurthy, discreetly positioned themselves in the vicinity.
In a swift operation, the ACB team successfully apprehended the GST officer red-handed as he accepted the bribe. The arrest underscores the commitment of the Anti-Corruption Bureau to combat corruption and uphold the principles of transparency and fairness.
The accused officer will now face legal proceedings for his alleged involvement in corrupt practices. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of citizens actively participating in the fight against corruption by reporting such instances to the appropriate authorities.
Authorities commend the cashew trader for taking a stand against corruption and cooperating with the Anti-Corruption Bureau, emphasizing the collective responsibility to maintain integrity within public service. The successful operation reinforces the message that corruption will not be tolerated, and those engaging in such activities will be held accountable under the law.