In the operation which started yesterday across Mumbai and Chennai The CBI, Anti Corruption Branch, Chennai has caught Sallong Yaden, Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, Range-VI, Nungambakkam, Chennai red handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 8 lakhs from a chartered accountant, Shreyans Bhandari of S.H. Bhandari & Co., Chartered Accountants. Bribe was to give a favourable report on the Income Tax search conducted on a private company based in Chennai.
The others arrested are Chartered Accountants Sanjay Bhandari and Shreyas Bhandari and Managing Director of Chennai-based real estate firm SPG and RG Hitesh Kawad, they said, adding several other companies were also under scanner. Chartered Accountants acting as middlemen, according to the sources.
During the searches at 16 places, several incriminating documents, files relating to the questioned Assessments, computers, laptops, cellphones, huge cash, huge quantities of gold jewellery and silver bars were recovered till the last reports came in. Searches are further continuing, said CBI.
The sources said several more senior Income Tax officers from Mumbai and Chennai are under scanner.