pri I-T officer spills beans, boss held in graft case I-T officer spills beans, boss held in graft case

The CBI on Saturday arrested S S Keshkamat, additional commissioner of Income Tax (I-T) in connection with the alleged bribe paid to his ITO, T V Mohan. Keshkamat’s three flats in Thane and a shop in his wife’s name are under the CBI scanner.

The CBI said Mohan had named Keshkamat during interrogation. CBI sources revealed how they laid the trap to nab Mohan on Thursday. Mohan had asked the complainant to deliver Rs 4.5 lakh to the office of a tax consultant, Deepak Vacchrajani, in Borivli (Rs 8 lakh had already been paid to Mohan for a tax assessment order which he was supposed to have completed on December 31, 2008.) The complainant alleged that he was not being given the order unless he paid a bribe.

The CBI sent a bank officer to the said office to deliver the money as Mohan would not collect it himself. Apparently, Vacchrajani kept part of the amount,but the officer told him that he was supposed to give the entire sum to Mohan. Vacchrajani called up Mohan, who then came to the office. The marked notes were then allegedly handed over to Mohan.

Mohan, Keshkamat and Vacchrajani were produced before the holiday judge, S P Kulkarni, on Saturday. Mohan alleged that he had been tortured by the CBI. A St George Hospital case paper also mentioned history of injuries. The judge ordered that Mohan be sent tomagisterial custody and  remanded the other two to CBI custody till Monday morning. Their bail applications will be heard on Monday. Keshkamat’s lawyer, Girish Kulkarni said he was not named in the original complaint, and his “role” was not even mentioned by the CBI when the trap was laid or before it. “My client is being implicated only on the basis of his property, the sources of which he can prove,” Kulkarni argued.

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