CBI FILES A CHARGESHEET AGAINST AN ACCOUNTANT MEMBER, INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL(ITAT), KOLKATA & FIVE OTHERS IN A CORRUPTION CASE.

Press Release
New Delhi , 12.01.2012

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a chargesheet on 09.01.2012 in the Designated CBI Special Court, Alipore, 24, Parganas(South), West Bengal against an Accountant Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal and five private persons U/s 120-B, 201 of IPC and U/s 7, 12, 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the PC Act, 1988.

            The investigation revealed that a Lawyers and Chartered Accountant Firm in Kolkata were appearing in income tax matters on behalf of their clients, before the various Income Tax authorities, including the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Kolkata where the accused Accountant Member was working. It was further revealed that the Accountant Member has demanded an illegal gratification of Rs.30 lakhs from the Lawyers and Chartered Accountant Firm for undue favours being shown to them by him in the Income Tax matters of various parties represented by the said Firm based at Kolkata before the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Kolkata(ITAT).

            The case was registered on 13.05.2008 by the CBI. A trap was laid. CBI caught red-handed the Accountant Member, Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Kolkata for accepting a bribe of Rs.30 lakh at his residence. Two persons, who had come out from the residential premises of the accused ITAT Member after handing over the bribe amount to him on behalf of the Lawyer and Chartered Accountant Firm were also apprehended. The trio(the bribe taker and the bribe givers) were arrested on the spot. Subsequently, during investigation, three persons belonging to the said Lawyers and Chartered Accountant Firm of Kolkata were also arrested in this case for their active participation in the commission of the offence. They were allegedly acting as a tout to the Member ITAT & were the middlemen . They allegedly prepared orders on behalf of the Member of ITAT, Kolkata and manipulated orders.

            The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial

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