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Bribe case: CA, tax official arrested

JALANDHAR: Harmeet Singh, Hoshiarpur-based assistant commissioner, sales tax (GST) mobile wing, and Tanda-based chartered accountant Raman Sondhi had been arrested on Friday by means of the Punjab vigilance bureau whilst accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the owner of a wedding corridor.

According to the vigilance bureau, Sondhi is chartered accountant for Tanda-based Tara Singh, the owner of White House Resort marriage palace, but was once running as a conduit for the accused assistant commissioner. Tara Singh complained to the vigilance bureau that the GST division group, headed by means of assistant commissioner Harmeet Singh, raided his marriage palace on February 28 this 12 months and after inspecting the data, seized a few of his account books.

Harmeet known as Tara Singh and his CA Raman Sondhi to his workplace in Hoshiarpur on April 1, vigilance bureau SSP Diljinder Singh Dhillon published. "When Tara Singh and his CA met the official in the latter's office, he told them they had not filed GST returns for 11 months and could face penalty of Rs 1 crore. Baffled marriage palace owner pleaded that he simply would not be able to pay such a heavy amount as his business was not as profitable as expected. The officer scaled down the penalty to Rs 50 lakh and finally settled for Rs 20 lakh, stating that Rs 8 lakh had to be deposited as GST in the department's bank account, Rs 5 lakh would be the penalty and Rs 7 lakh would be his bribe," SSP Dhillon stated.

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