Court frames charges against official of Service Tax dept

A CBI court has framed corruption charges against a suspended Superintendent of the Service Tax department for allegedly accepting Rs 10,000 as bribe for not issuing a notice seeking clarifications from a Delhi-based company.

Updated: Dec 17, 2010, 19:18 PM IST

New Delhi: A CBI court here has framed
corruption charges against a suspended Superintendent of the
Service Tax department for allegedly accepting Rs 10,000 as
bribe for not issuing a notice seeking clarifications from a
Delhi-based company.

Special CBI Judge A S Yadav said there was sufficient
"prima facie" evidence against Diwan Chand Kanwal, the then
Superintendent of the Service Tax department, for demanding
and accepting the illegal gratification.

"I hereby direct that you be tried ... you being employed
as public servant obtained bribe of Rs 10,000 from the
complainant as a pecuniary advantage for yourself by corrupt
means by abusing your position as a public servant and thereby
committing an offence of criminal misconduct as specified
under the Prevention of Corruption Act," the court said.

The accused, however, did not confess to the charges
and told the court that he would like to face the trial.
Kapil Mohan had lodged a complaint with CBI alleging that
on May 28 last year, the Sales Tax officer had demanded Rs
50,000 from him for not issuing a notice to M/s Growth Orbit
Advisory Services Pvt Ltd for having wrong entries in its
service tax return.

On June 2, the accused had agreed to reduce the bribe
amount from Rs 50,000 to Rs 20,000 and accepted a bribe of
Rs 10,000 from the complainant as a motive or reward for the
purpose, the court said in its order.

PTI