New Delhi: The Special Judge for CBI Cases in Bangalore has convicted Dhirendra Kumar Jha, former Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, and U.A. Chandramouli, a former Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax at Bangalore and sentenced them to undergo five years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs.7.50 lakh each for causing loss of over Rs.4.16 crore to the Government Exchequer.
CBI had registered a case on 26 September 2008 against Chandramouli, then Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax at Bangalore and Chairman of M/s. Children’s Educational Society, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore under Sections 120-B, 218, 420 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. After completion of investigation, a charge sheet was filed on 21 April 2010 against Chandramouli, Chairman of M/s. Children’s Educational Society and Dhirendra Kumar Jha, the then Addl. Commissioner of Income Tax at Bangalore alleging that the public servants had entered into a criminal conspiracy with the Chairman of the society in the assessment of income tax of his NGO and fraudulently returned a key document reflecting financial transactions of the Society with a Bangalore based construction company without retaining the copies on record. The assessment of M/s. Children’s Education Society for the financial year 2003-04 was carried out on 22 December 2006 by the the convicted officials of Income Tax Department, ignoring the aforesaid transactions and reducing the tax liability which had caused a loss of over Rs.4.16 crore to the Income Tax Department(Govt. of India) and corresponding gain to the assessee. The Chairman of M/s. Children’s Educational Society, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore expired during the trial. Hence, the case against him was abetted.
The Trial Court found both the Additional and Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax guilty and convicted them.