CBI registers case against Principal Commissioner of Income Tax; recovers Rs. 3.5 crore and 5 kg gold

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Ranchi: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi; Additional CIT, Ranchi; ITO (Tech), Ranchi; Another Officer of Income Tax, Ranchi; six private persons and other unknown public servants, others along with a few companies under section 120-B of Indian Pebal Code read with Sections 7, 12, 13(2) read with 13 (1)(d) of Prrevention of Corruption Act., 1988 on the allegations of criminal conspiracy, illegal gratification and criminal misconduct.

It was alleged that the senior Income Tax officer booked by the CBI, while he was holding the post of Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi, during the years 2016 & 2017, had entered into a criminal conspiracy with Additional CIT, Ranchi, ITO (Tech.), another Officer of Income Tax Department and five non-official persons – all Kolkata based businessmen and infamous entry operators and a Chartered Accountant of Kolkata – for getting Income Tax assessment files of their different assessee companies transferred from Kolkata and Hazaribagh to Ranchi for providing undue favour to those assesses, who had been charged with heavy tax liability on payment of heavy bribe. It was further alleged that the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Ranchi had already issued favourable orders in the case of private companies that had already paid a huge bribe that allegedly had been stashed with a non-official person.

Searches were conducted on Wednesday (12 July 2017) at the premises of accused persons at 23 locations (18 at Kolkata and 5 at Ranchi). During the search at the residence of Principal Commissioner at Kolkata, cash of Rs. 3.5 crore, 5 kg gold and some incriminating documents were seized. Searches at various locations are in progress.

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