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CBI arrests alleged middleman Dhiraj Gupta in Manish Sisodia's OSD bribery case

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested another person Dhiraj Gupta, in connection with the arrest of Gopal Krishna Madhav, a Delhi government officer in a bribery case.

Abhay Parashar Abhay Parashar @abhayparashar
New Delhi Updated on: February 07, 2020 13:07 IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested another person Dhiraj Gupta, in connection with the arrest of Gopal Krishna Madhav, a Delhi government officer and OSD to deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia in a bribery case. The Central investigating agency has found Dhiraj was involved in the case as a middle-man, he has been sent to judicial custody.

According to sources, the accused officers were demanding a bribe of Rs 2.26 lakh.

Dhiraj was arrested on February 5 and has been sent to judicial custody. During his interrogation, Dhiraj has said that he had connections with tax officials as he was dealing to settle an old case. It was after Dhiraj's arrest, Gopal Krishna Madhav, Officer on Special Duty to deputy CM Sisodia was arrested.

Dhiraj Gupta, a resident of Delhi and a public servant Gopal Krishan Madhav, have been arrested for demanding and excepting a bribe of Rs 2,26,000.

Dhiraj was acting as a middle man for Gopal Krishan Madhav who is working as a good and service tax officer in trade and taxes department of Government of Delhi as well as an OSD to deputy chief minister of Delhi.

Dhiraj Gupta was acting as a middle man on behalf of some GST officers for collecting illegal gratification from the transporters for not charging goods and services tax from them.

'What CBI did is right': Sisodia on his OSD being arrested on bribery charges

Speaking on the arrest of his Officer on Special Duty over bribery charges, Sisodia said, "I got to know that an officer who is posted at GST and has been an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) with me (Sisodia) for 5 years has been arrested for taking a bribe of Rs 2 lakhs. What CBI did is right, strictest action should be taken to set an example."

Gopal Krishna Madhav was arrested in a late-night operation for allegedly receiving a bribe of over Rs 2 lakh in a matter related to GST, they said. Madhav was immediately taken to the CBI headquarters for questioning, the officials said.

No involvement of Sisodia in the case has surfaced so far and the investigation is going on, sources said. Madhav was posted in the office of Sisodia in 2015, the officials said.

The arrest comes two days before the crucial Delhi assembly election.

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