Six years after a senior income tax assistant was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 500, a special CBI court on Wednesday sentenced him to one year’s rigorous imprisonment. Vijay Karekar was arrested by the CBI on October 17, 2005, on charges of accepting the bribe from a person, an income tax assessee, for clearing his tax refund order.
“Karekar’s job was to send through post refund orders of the income tax assessee after getting them signed from his senior officer,” said special CBI prosecutor Usha Makasare. The I-T assessee was to get a refund of Rs 26,000 for assessment years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005.
He received a call from the accused asking him to come to the income tax office, where Karekar demanded Rs 500 for clearing his refund order, she said. The assessee lodged a complaint with the CBI, which laid a trap and caught Karekar, Makasare added. PTI