The stateâ€™s vigilance officers laid a trap and caught the officer accepting the bribe Tuesday .
The lady officer had demanded a bribe to waiving off alleged VAT penalties in the accounts of a few pharma companies .
Reports said she was handling the matter despite not being authorised to do so .
A criminal case has been registered under the prevention of corruption act .
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