THE INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS OF INDIA
April 13, 2018
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has come across a Press Release issued by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Guwahati wherein it has been mentioned that two of the accused involved in a criminal ease i.e Ramesh Goenka and Amit Goenka are chartered Accountant.
On going though the aforesaid Press Release, ICAI, being the regulator of the profession of Chattered Accountant verified its records and found that both the accused are not Chartered Accountants as their name do not appear in the Register of members maintained by the ICAI.
In view of the above, it is a matter of concern for ICAI that in the aforesaid matter CBI did not verify the credentials of the persons in question with ICAI before issuing a statement to the media and public at large.
The Institute shall be taking up the matter with the concerned authorities of the Central Bureau of Investigation, Guwahati and has pointed out that such statement should not be considered to be issued to media before Verifying the fact with ICAI. It would also be requested that in future, if any such case comes for their investigation wherein there is an alleged involvement of an individual claiming to be a Chartered Accountant, the matter may be referred to ICAI for cross verifying the credentials from its records.
The ICAI take a strong exception to the contents of the Press Release which is incorrect and misleading in so far as the reference to a ‘Chartered Accountant’ was made. In such sensitive case the concerned Department ought to have verified the facts with the Institute before issuing any statement wherein the involvement of a Chartered Accountant is suspected.
Download ICAI Press Release
The following is the text of the press release issued by the CBI:
GOVT. OF INDIA
CENTRAL BUREAU OFINVESTIGATION
ANTI-CORRUPTION BRANCH &EO-V
BETKUCH I (OPP.BALAJI TEMPLE) GUVVAHATI:781 035
Tele No. 0361-2270079, E-Mail.firstname.lastname@example.org
Information received from a reliable source revealed that during 2017-18, Dr Swetabh Suman, Commissioner of Income Tax(Audit), Guwahati with additional charge of Jorhat, has entered into a criminal conspiracy with Shri Pratap Das, Income Tax Officer (Audit), Guwahati, Shri Ramesh Goenka, Advocate &Chartered Accountant, Guwahati, Shri Amit Goenka, Advocate &Chartered Accountant, Guwahati, Shri Suresh Agarwala, Director of M/s Win Power Infra Pvt Ltd., Jorhat having offices at Guwahati &Delhi and unknown others and in pursuance thereof Dr Swetabh Suman agreed to show undue favour to Shri Suresh Agarwalla, Director of M/s Win Power Infra Pvt. Ltd by passing favourable order in an appeal arising out of assessment done in respect of one of the shell company of Shri Suresh Agarwalla and for this undue favour being shown abusing their official position Dr. Swetabh Suman made attempts to obtain illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 50 lakhs for himself and Shri Pratap Das through Shri Ramesh Goenka and Shri Amit Goenka.
An FIR bearing No. RC0172018A0005 dated 11.4.2018 u/s 7, 11 &12 and 13(2) r/w Sec 13(1)(d) of PC Act and Section 120B of IPC was registered against the following accused persons:-
1.Dr Swetabh Suman, Commissioner of Income Tax(Audit), Guwahati with additional charge of Jorhat, Aayakar Bhawan, Guwahati.
2.Shri Pratap Das, Income Tax Officer (Audit), Guwahati, Aayakar Bhawan, Guwahati.
3.Shri Ramesh Goenka, Advocate &Chartered Accountant, Guwahati, R/o H. No. 30, Pratistha, Bishnupur Main Road, Bishnupur, near Hanuman Mandir, Guwahati781016.
4.Shri Amit Goenka, Advocate & Chartered Accountant, Guwahati, R/o H. No. 30, Pratistha, Bishnupur Main Road, Bishnupur, near Hanuman Mandir, Guwahati781016.
5.Shri Suresh Kumar Agarwala, Director of M/s Win Power Infra Pvt Ltd., Jorhat, United Hardware and Electrical Stores, Raja Maidan Road, Jorhat-785001
Searches were conducted in Guwahati, Jorhat, Nagaon, Shilong, Noida, Delhi and some other places and which are still going on. Some incriminating documents have been received. In the morning Rs 40 Lakhs meant for the accused IT Officials, was seized from middleman.
Head of Branch
CBI ACB Guwahati