CBI, ACB, Visakhapatnam, received a written complaint from a resident of Machilipatnam on 28-11-2018 alleging a demand of bribe of Rs 35,000/- by a Superintendent, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) for not raising objections in the CGST returns filed by the complainant’s firm.
Immediately on receipt of the written complaint, SP CBI Visakhapatnam wrote a Top Secret letter addressed to The Principal Secretary (Home), Government of AP on 28-11-2018 and sent the letter by hand to the Principal Secretary through a Dy SP rank officer of CBI. This said letter was delivered to the Principal Secretary in the afternoon. In the letter it was requested to issue specific consent to CBI to lay a trap in this particular complaint. It was also requested to keep the information strictly confidential and not to share the information with any other party.
SP, CBI, Visakhapatnam has also personally called on Principal Secretary Home at her office at Velagapudy on 29-11-2018, in the morning, and requested for an early action in issuing the specific consent under section 6 of DSPE Act to enable CBI to register the case and lay the trap as Govt of AP has withdrawn the General Consent on 08-11-2018. This was also followed up by another letter to Principal Secretary Home with copy to the Chief Secretary from the Head of Zone of CBI on 30-11-2018 requesting for immediate issue of specific consent.
However the Govt of AP did not issue the specific consent as requested by CBI, instead the details were shared by the Home Department with state ACB and state ACB laid a trap on 30-11-2018 in the evening against the above Central Government Public Servant by using the contents of the above request letter.
Further, State ACB also issued a press release as if the complainant has directly approached them.
CBI deeply regrets such noncooperation by the State Home Department in this matter. This will only make the fight against corruption more difficult for the anti corruption agencies and the mutual trust between the agencies will be vitiated. Corruption can be eradicated only through mutual cooperation, and trust.