The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) all set to file chargesheet against a judge of an Income Tax tribunal for colluding to pass favourable orders for a Chartered Accountants firm’s clients. The CBI is said to have collected evidence that a member of the Income Tax Apellate Tribunal (ITAT) colluded with a Kolkata-based firm of chartered accountants SK Tulsiyan & Co.
The CBI believes that the firm had prior knowledge and even helped write as many as 69 judgements.
Twelve of the orders were recovered from the firm’s hard drive even before they were delivered.
The CBI judgements were prepared at the office of the CA firm and transferred to tribunal member Jugal Kishore, who was caught in 2008 accepting a bribe of Rs 30 lakh from the firm.
CBI files charge sheet against the then ITAT member
CBI has filed a charge sheet before a Kolkata special court against a former member of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal for allegedly colluding with the owners of an accounting firm to deliver favourable orders to its client in lieu of illegal gratification. The agency filed its charge sheet against the then ITAT accountant member Jugal Kishore and five other persons including the owner of accounting firm SK Tulsiyan and Company SK Tulsiyan, Sashi Tulsiyan, Ravi Tulsiyan besides middle men Subhash Chand Barjatiya and Nishant Jain. The agency alleged that Kishore demanded bribe of Rs 30 lakh from the accounting firm for the undue favours extended to them in Income Tax matters of various parties before the Tribunal. “The Tulsiyans were acting as a tout to Shri Jugal Kishore and were the middlemen and prepared orders on behalf of the members of ITAT, Kolkata and manipulated orders,” CBI spokesperson said here today. The agency had registered the case against Kishore and five others on May 13, 2008. Kishore was allegedly caught red-handed while accepting the bribe during a trap laid down by the agency. “Nishant Jain and Subhas Chand Barjatiya, who had come out from the residential premises of Jugal Kishore after handing over the bribe amount to Kishore on behalf of the Tulsiyans, were apprehended by a team of CBI Officials during the trap laid down by the agency,” the official said. CBI which was awaiting sanction of prosecution against Kishore received it on January 5 and filed the charge sheet yesterday.