A special court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of income tax official Sumitra Banerjee and her husband, Subrato, to May 11. Sumitra, an additional IT commissioner, was nabbed by CBI officers on April 17 for demanding a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore from a builder.
Sumitra, an officer of the 1992 batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), had been working in the Thane I-T department for the past two and-a-half years and her husband worked in a private company. It is alleged that Subrato was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe amount on behalf of Sumitra.
The duo also filed for bail on Tuesday. The CBI had also arrested another IT officer, Anjali Bambole, in connection with the case. She, too, is in judicial custody and has sought bail. All the bail pleas will be considered by the court on Thursday.
Kin of top I-T officer, Aniruddh Rai , Thane seek anticipatory bail
CBI Investigations into the Rs 1.5-crore bribery case involving Additional I-T Commissioner Sumitra Banerji, her husband Subrato and an assistant I-T commissioner is getting more curious with two family members of another top I-T official allegedly connected with the case, moving the court for anticipatory bail on Tuesday. Two family members of I-T commissioner Aniruddh Rai, who was Sumitra’s immediate superior, on Tuesday applied for anticipatory bail in a Thane court. The bail application of Neenu Rai and Bachchan Surendranath Rai, wife and father respectively of Aniruddh Rai, will come up for hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
Banerji, who was arrested a week ago along with her husband Subrato for allegedly accepting Rs 1.5 crore from a Thane builder, had alleged in her statement that she had paid Rs 10 lakh to Rai. “The I-T commissioner appeared before CBI once in this connection, but subsequently did not appear. It is strange why his family members have applied for anticipatory bail,” a senior CBI officer who did not wish to be named, told Mumbai Mirror. The CBI, sources, said would oppose the anticipatory bail plea.
Earlier on Tuesday, Banerji, husband Subrato and Assistant I-T Commissioner Anjali Bambole were produced before Special CBI judge S P Tawade after completion of CBI custody. CBI special public prosecutor Ejaz Khan asked for further police custody of the suspects saying that investigations were still on to ascertain role of other I-T officers in the case.