New Delhi: In a drive to clean up bureaucracy, the government has compulsorily retired 15 senior officers of the central indirect tax administration who were facing charges of corruption and illegal gratification.
The Narendra Modi administration had last week compulsorily retired ten senior officers of the direct tax administration. Some of these officials also face charges of extortion. They also have cases pending against them filed by various central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
The 15 officials of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) retired are of the ranks of principal commissioner, commissioner, additional commissioner and deputy commissioner.
The move comes at a time when central and state government officials are gradually tightening the enforcement of GST compliance to shore up revenue.
The move implies that Prime Minister Modi, who has on many occasions acknowledged the contribution of honest tax payers in nation building, is determined to send the signal that his government will not tolerate corruption.