CBI arrests a Commissioner of Income Tax for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. Two Lakh.

Press Release
New Delhi , 29-08-2011

The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Commissioner of Income Tax, Appeal-34, Income Tax Department, Mumbai for demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.Two lakh from the complainant.

It was alleged that a private firm engaged in copper wire manufacture had filed their Income Tax return for Assessment year 2008-09. The same was taken up for scrutiny by the Jurisdictional Income Tax Officer. After Scrutiny, the Income Tax Officer passed an order for Additional Tax Liabilities. Aggrieved by the above order, the firm went on Appeal before the Commissioner of Income Tax, Appeals-34, Income Tax Deptt. Mumbai. The Commissioner demanded an amount of Rs.25 lakh from the complainant for issuing a favourable Assessment order. After negotiation the amount was reduced to Rs.Two lakh. The Commissioner also informed that in case of failure to pay the bribe money, he will pass an order confirming the assessment demand.

A case was registered U/s 7 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 against Commissioner of Income Tax, Appeals 34, Income Tax Deptt., Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai for demanding a bribe of Rs.Two lakh for settling and issuing a favourable order in an Appeal matter pending before him.

CBI laid a trap and the accused was caught red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs.Two lakh at his office complex.

Searches are being carried out at Delhi, Gaziabad, Lucknow and Patna.