Two GST officials in Hyderabad booked by CBI for demanding Rs 5 crore bribe

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The accused had demanded the bribe to settle a wrongful input tax credit worh Rs.224 crores from Hyderabad-based company in 2019. 

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a case against two top officers formerly with the tax anti-evasion wing of the GST in Hyderabad for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs.5 crore to settle a case probed by them.

According to CBI officials, ex-Deputy Commissioner of Service Tax Anti-Evasion in GST Department, Sudha Rani Chilaka, and Department Superintendent Sreenivasa Gandhi Bollineni, had demanded the from directors of Infiniti Metal Products India Ltd, to settle a case related to the wrongful input tax credit worth Rs.224 crores registered in 2019.

The duo had accepted Rs.10 lakh as the first instalment on April 15, 2019.  CBI officials said that the accused allegedly demanded the rest in the form of land and plots. The two were arrested following an 11-month-long preliminary enquiry during which the probe agency gathered enough prima facie material to proceed against the officials.

An individual named J Satya Sridhar Reddy, who was then serving as the director of the company, and was also a director of Bharani Commodities Pvt Ltd, has also been booked in the case. The CBI officials said that Satya Sridhar Reddy allegedly paid the bribe to the officials to prevent the arrest of his wife Raghavi Reddy.

The CBI proceeded against the two former officials after seeking permission from Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in March this year.

Bollineni Gandhi had investigated several key cases while with the Enforcement directorate like the Rs. 100 crore demonetisation fraud case booked against Hyderabad's Musaddilal Jewellers and PMLA cases against mining baron Gali Janardhan Reddy.

In 2019, Bollineni Gandhi and his wife were charged in a disproportionate assets case to the tune of Rs. 3 crore.

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