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Central Excise official arrested by CBI

A central excise department inspector has been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 from a businessman in Kochi.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2011 12:46 IST

A central excise department inspector has been arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 15,000 from a businessman in Kochi.

Ajay Pratap Singh was arrested by the CBI for allegedly accepting the bribe on Thursday, CBI said in a release on Friday.

As per the complaint to the CBI, Singh had demanded Rs 1 lakh from the businessman for settling his service tax returns.

Since the complainant informed his inability to mobilise Rs 1 lakh immediately, the officer bargained with him and settled for Rs 15,000 as the first instalment, it said.