CBI ARRESTS A JOINT COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX AND AN INCOME TAX OFFICER IN AN ALLEGED BRIBERY OF RS.FIVE LAKH

Press Release
New Delhi , 17.12.2013

            The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax (IRS:2003 Batch), Bhubaneswar and an Income Tax Officer, Ward-1, Dhenkanal(Odisha) in a bribery case of Rs.Five Lakh.

 

            A case U/s 120-B IPC and Section 7 of PC Act was registered against a Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, Bhubaneswar and an ITO, Ward-1, Dhenkanal on a complaint. It was alleged in the complaint that the premises of Complainant were raided on 29.10.2013 by the Joint Commissioner, Income Tax, Bhubaneswar and Income Tax Officer, Ward-I, Dhenkanal and they initiated income tax proceedings. The Complainant further alleged that both the accused, in conspiracy with each other, demanded Rs.30 Lakh to close the income tax proceedings initiated against him & his wife. The Complainant expressed his inability to pay such a huge amount & on bargaining, both the accused allegedly agreed to accept Rs.10 lakh as bribe from him in two equal instalments through ITO to close the income tax proceedings initiated against the Complainant. First instalment of Rs.5 lakh was to be delivered to Shri Narayan Nayak, ITO at his office premises.

 

            CBI laid a trap and the ITO was arrested while demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs.Five Lakh from the Complainant.

 

            Searches were conducted at the official & residential premises of both the accused. The search at the premises of ITO lead to recovery of documents relating to the income tax proceedings; documents of four-storeyed well-furnished building at Bomikhal, Bhubaneswar; one double storeyed house at Cuttack; one plot in Sapur, Bhubaneswar; one plot at his native near Tirtol, Jagatsinghpur and nine bank accounts in his own name & family members. The search at the premises of the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax lead to recovery of certain documents relating to the income tax proceedings; more than a lakh of rupees; a bunch of misc. papers pertaining to bank account details and other expenditures. The documents are being scrutinised for further investigation.

 

            The arrested accused are being produced in the Designated Court at Bhubaneswar.

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