CBI recovers Rs3.5 crore cash, 5 kg gold from Jharkhand I-T commissioner
Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said it conducted raids at 18 locations in Kolkata and five in Ranchi and recovered at least Rs3.5 crore in cash and 5kg of gold from an officer of the income tax (I-T) department and his associates.
The federal agency has filed a case against Tapas Kumar Dutta, principal commissioner of the I-T department in Ranchi, and three other key officers on charges of receiving bribes from several Kolkata-based businessmen and people who ran shell companies.
A chartered accountant identified as Pawan Maurya and his clients had conspired with the I-T officers to have assessment files transferred from Kolkata and Hazaribagh to Ranchi so that the principal commissioner could issue favourable orders, the CBI said in a statement.
The businessmen involved were identified by the agency as Biswanath Agarwal, Santosh Chowdhury, Akash Agarwal, Vinod Agarwal and Arvind Agarwal. None of the accused persons could immediately be contacted. A spokesperson for the CBI said no one had been arrested yet.
The CBI has started cases against them under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act based on allegations of criminal conspiracy, illegal gratification and criminal misconduct, among other cognisable offences.
Officers in the I-T department in Kolkata said Dutta was to be transferred to Kolkata soon, and that he was close to retirement.