The government has forcibly retired 21 more income tax officers, citing public interest and corruption charges, an official said on Tuesday.
With this, till now 85 officers including 64 senior ones, have been compulsorily retired this year. The move is against officials who have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations, said the official who spoke on condition of not being named.
The officials who have been compulsorily retired face charges of illegal gratification, having assets disproportionate to their known sources of income and abuse of official position. Some of them have been caught in the trap laid by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
The move is part of a cleanup drive by the Modi government, but the officials facing compulsory retirement may approach tribunals or courts for relief.