Odisha: Additional Commercial Tax Officer caught taking Rs 2 lakh bribe

Paradip: Vigilance officials today arrested Prakash Chandra Sahoo, the Additional Commercial Tax Officer (CTO) of CT and GST, Paradip on charges of demanding and accepting bribe Rs 2 lakh.

As per the complaint, the official had demanded the bribe from a glass and ply dealer to take no action against him, following inspection of the latter’s business site and verification of records carried out in May. A trap was laid and the official was caught red-handed today. The entire bribe money was recovered from his possession.

Later, the anti-graft wing searched Prakash’s residential house at Olavara in Kendrapara district suspecting possession of disproportionate assets by the official.

Meanwhile, a case under Section 7 PC Act,1988 as amended by PC Amendment Act 2018 has been registered at Vigilance police station in this regard. Further investigation in this connection is underway.

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