The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested the Director (Investigation); Addl. Director (Investigation); Assistant Commissioner & Inspector, all of Income Tax Department and the MD of the Lucknow /Delhi-based private company & the Chartered Accountant of Kanpur in a bribery case.
A case was registered by CBI U/s 120-B IPC, 7, 12 13 (2) r/w 13 (i) (d) of PC Act, 1988 against several public servants of Income Tax Department and the MD, the CMD & other functionaries of Lucknow / Delhi-based private Company engaged in the business of real estate & construction, including large scale residential projects in various cities in North India.
It was alleged that the Investigation Wing of income Tax Department at Kanpur conducted survey on the allegation of IT evasion by the said private group of companies. The senior level officials of the private company along with a Chartered Accountant based in Kanpur contacted several officials of IT Department to settle their IT evasion matter by illegal means and allegedly paid huge amount of bribe to the said officials of Income Tax. The IT officials, during the locker operation of the private company, also allowed the MD & his family to illegally take away major portion of huge cash and gold stored in the said locker.
It was also alleged that a large amount of bribe was paid to the officials of Income Tax Department, including the Additional Director (Investigation) and the Director (Investigation) in return for favours shown to the private persons and to settle the IT evasion matter. The Chartered Accountant of Kanpur was working as a middle-man between the IT officials and the officials of the private company.
CBI conducted searches at the house of the Director (Investigation) at Delhi and recovered Rs.30 lakh which was paid as bribe by the MD of the private company to him. Thereafter, searches were conducted at various places in Delhi; Ghaziabad; NOIDA; Lucknow & Kanpur which led to recovery of huge amount of cash, valuables and incriminating documents.
The arrested accused were produced today before the Special Judge, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and were remanded to seven days CBI custody.
Further investigation is in progress.
CBI Press Release
New Delhi , 04.06.2012