The anti-corruption bureau arrested a deputy commissioner of Sales Tax and a middleman from Kalyan in the district for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakh from the owner of a firm.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (ACB) Sandeep Karnik said Deputy Commissioner of Sales Tax Ramesh Bhagoji Jaid had allegedly demanded the bribe from the complainant, whose firm was facing a notice for sales tax dues of Rs. 98 lakh.
Jaid had allegedly demanded the money for not pursuing the matter and had agreed to accept Rs 20 lakh.
After the firm owner approached the Thane ACB, a trap was laid and a sales tax consultant Archis Uday Visaria, who was acting as a middleman, was arrested at Dombivali Gymkhana in Dombivali while allegedly accepting the first instalment of Rs. 5 lakh, Karnik added.