Mumbai: The CBI Monday arrested Income Tax
Commissioner Daya Shankar here for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs two lakh from a private company for passing a favourable order in an appeal matter.
"Shankar, Commissioner IT (Appeals), was arrested this
morning from his office in Bandra for demanding and accepting
bribe for settling and issuing a favourable order in an appeal
matter pending before him," CBI Joint Director (Western
Region) Rishiraj Singh told reporters.
A firm engaged in copper wire manufacture had filed its
return for assessment year 2008-09 which was taken up for
scrutiny by the jurisdictional IT officer. After scrutiny, the
IT officer had passed an order for additional tax liabilities.
Aggrieved by this, the company approached Shankar with an
appeal challenging the order.
"Shankar demanded bribe from the company for issuing a
favourable assessment order. He also told them that if they do
no pay the money then he would confirm the order passed
earlier," Singh said.
CBI`s Anti Corruption Wing laid a trap after the company
lodged a complaint following which Shankar was caught while
accepting the bribe.
"Searches are being conducted at the officer`s residences
in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Lucknow and Mumbai. So far we have
recovered Rs 8 lakh in cash from his residence here. We are
investigating if the accused had taken money earlier too for
passing favourable orders," the joint director said.
The accused would be produced before a special CBI court
for remand tomorrow.