Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday apprehended a Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Department here for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakh.
As per a CBI official, SK Jhangre was arrested from his Mumbai office. The probe agency registered a case on a complaint that Jhangre threatened to re-open the firm`s Income Tax assessment files.
"The joint commissioner also threatened the CA (chartered accountant) of the complainant, and said he (the firm`s owner) should come and meet him for settling the Income Tax matter," said a CBI official, as per IANS.
The official said the joint commissioner allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 30 lakh to settle the matter.
"The bribe amount was negotiated to Rs 25 lakh and the accused agreed to accept Rs 5 lakh as first instalment at his office premises in Piramal Chambers in Mumbai," the CBI official said.
The official said the joint commissioner was held while accepting the bribe of Rs 5 lakh from the complainant.
The agency conducted searches at the residential and office premises of the joint commissioner and recovered some incriminating documents along with gold jewellery and gold coins weighing 1.5 kg.
(With Agency inputs)