Bhubaneswar Tax Official Among 15 Sacked For Corruption Charges

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A senior tax official from Bhubaneswar GST zone, SS Bist, was among 15 officials sacked by the central government on Tuesday. All those sacked were sacked senior tax officials facing probes in corruption cases.

A government statement said the action was meant to send across a tough message to bureaucrats taking kickbacks for facilitating tax evasion by companies.

Last week, the government had dismissed 12 income tax officials who were mainly facing corruption charges.

The country has improved its ranking, among 180 countries, by three points to 78th on a global corruption index in 2018, according to the annual index of Transparency International, an anti-graft watchdog.

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