Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested an official of Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate in Tangail yesterday on bribery charges.
The arrestee is Abdullah Al Maruf, assistant revenue officer of Customs, Excise and VAT Office in Tangail, hailing from Lakkhipur village under Rajpara upazila in Rajshahi.
Mostafizur Rahman, deputy director of coordinated district office of ACC in Tangail, led the drive and also seized the bribe money from the officer.
Mostafizur told The Daily Star that Govinda Kishor Paul of Bhuapur upazila, owner of Mukta Food Products, recently went to the office to obtain a 13-digit VAT registration number under the new VAT Laws.
Abdullah Al Maruf, assistant revenue officer, demanded Tk 20,000 from Govinda as bribe after assuring him of completing the registration.
Govinda later made a complaint to the local ACC office in this regard.
Govinda yesterday gave him Tk 15,000, but the officer was still delaying the registration process.
Later the ACC team went to the office around noon and challenged the assistant revenue officer in this regard, Mostafizur said.
Then the officer surrendered the money he got from Govinda as bribe. The ACC officials then matched the serial numbers of the notes Govinda had given and arrested the officer.
Razu Mohammad Sarwar Hossain, deputy assistant director of ACC in Tangail, filed a case against the arrestee under Section 5/2 of Corruption Prevention Act, 1947 and Section 161 of the Penal Code, Mostafizur said. The arrestee was later handed over to Tangail police, he added.