CBI arrests a Commissioner of Income Tax and five others in an alleged bribery case and recovers Rs. 1.50 crore (approx)
The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals-30), Mumbai (An IRS Officer of 1992 Batch) and five others including MD of a Group of Companies based at Mumbai; Accounts Officer of said private company; a Chartered Accountant; a Real Estate Trade Agent & his relative (private person) in an alleged bribery case.
A case was registered against Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai and others. It was alleged that Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals – 30), Mumbai has recently passed an order in an appeal matter favouring a private Trust whose trustee is a private company based at Mumbai. For giving this favourable order, he allegedly demanded a bribe amount of Rs. 2 crore (approx) and wanted the money to be delivered to the relative of Real Estate Trade Agent( a private person) at Mumbai who in turn after collecting the money transferred it to said Real Estate Trade Agent in Visakhapatnam. The Commissioner of Income Tax had visited Visakhapatnam on leave and allegedly demanded the Real Estate Trade Agent to deliver part of the money at his residence in Visakhapatnam.
CBI laid a trap and caught the said Commissioner who had received part of the bribe amount of Rs. 19.34 lakh (approx) from the Real Estate Trade Agent. Both, Commissioner & Real Estate Trade Agent, were arrested. During investigation, the remaining amount of Rs. 1.50 crore (approx), earlier received by said Real Estate Trade Agent on behalf of Commissioner (Income Tax) was also recovered.
Searches were conducted in Mumbai & Visakhapatnam including offices & residence of accused which led to recovery of several property documents, details of Bank accounts, three lockers and several incriminating documents.
The arrested accused are being produced today in the Designated Court. Further investigation is continuing.
CBI Press Release – New Delhi, 03.05.2017