(Photo: HT)
(Photo: HT)

Crackdown continues as FinMin sacks 15 more officials on corruption charges

  • Since June, 49 officials from CBDT and CBIC faced similar fate
  • These officials were also involved in CBI-related cases

New Delhi: Continuing its crackdown on corruption, the finance ministry has forced 15 more officials from Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) officials, facing corruption and other charges to retire compulsorily, sources said.

Since June, 49 officials from CBDT and Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) faced similar fate and were made to compulsorily retire under Fundamental Rule 56J of Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). According to the rule, the appropriate authority has the absolute right to retire any government servant by giving at least three months’ notice in writing or three months’ pay and allowances.

These officials were not only accused of corruption but were also involved in Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) related cases.

These steps are in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s attempt to project itself as a party that fights corruption and takes tough stand against it.

“Corruption and nepotism have damaged our country beyond imagination and entered into our lives like termites. We are continuously trying to weed them out," Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in his Independence Day speech.

“There have been successes, but the disease is so deeply entrenched, the disease is so widespread that we have to keep putting in more efforts and, that too, at the entry level, not just at the government level, and we need to keep doing it continuously." he had said.

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