CBI seeks for prosecution of GST officials charged in DA and bribery cases
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has written to the Ministry of Finance (MOF), requesting that GST officer Bollieni Gandhi and IRS official Ch Sudha Rani be prosecuted. According to sources, the ministry of finance has yet to approve the project. After receiving prosecution authorization from the government, the CBI will submit a charge sheet against the two officers. On April 20, 2021, the CBI detained GST officer Bollineni Gandhi in the Disproportionate Assets case. After refusing to comply, he was detained. Gandhi’s wife was found to be running a consulting firm by the CBI. All of the clients, on the other hand, dealt with Gandhi directly by email and in person. Several of them have testified to the CBI, claiming that they were trading with Gandhi. These services are related to the Enforcement Directorate case, which he worked on as an assistant director at the time.
The CBI discovered 4 crore worth of Gandhi’s assets in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in July 2019.
Gandhi was also charged in a bribery incident involving another GST officer, Chilaka Sudha Rani, for a sum of 5 crore. According to the CBI, the accused filed bogus COVID-19 good results in the name of a member of his family.
Gandhi was recently upgraded from superintendent to assistant commissioner on an ad hoc basis by the ministry of finance and moved to Hyderabad, despite being under suspension. On September 11, 2019, the CBI registered a FIR in the bribery case after receiving a complaint from bribe provider Satya Sidhar Reddy, JN director of Bharani Commodities.
Sudha Rani, the then-deputy commissioner of GST, and Gandhi discovered a 1,289 crore phoney invoice scam and a 224 million fraudulent input tax credit involving eight entities tied to Sridhar Reddy and others. The two GST officers colluded with others and wanted a bribe of Rs 5 crore in this case.