CBI conducts searches at arrested I-T officials` residences
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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010, 21:53
Mumbai: Officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax department have conducted searches at the residences of three I-T officials and two others, arrested in connection with tax refund scam and their bank accounts have been frozen.

"Our squad and the I-T Department's investigating team have conducted searches at the residences of the accused in the city's suburbs. We have seized some documents that need to be examined. The accused's bank accounts have also been frozen," said K Babu, Deputy Superintendent of Police (CBI).

The CBI has arrested conman Dilip Vyas on February 17 and I-T inspector Pramod Prabhakar, senior tax assistant Rajesh Pillai, I-T employee Raju Nagpure and television artiste Manoj Sangtiyani yesterday on charges of duping the Department to the tune of Rs three crore.

The accused had cheated the Department by filing fake I-T returns of 23 PAN card holders and illegally transferring refunds in their own accounts.

The CBI officials said Vyas used to apply various tactics to get the PAN card and bank details of people. Vyas, who had posed as Chartered Accountant, used to approach middle and lower middle class people, who were in need of PAN cards.

He had helped many getting new PAN cards and also collected their bank and other personnel details that were subsequently used for the fraudulent practices, they said.


First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010, 21:53

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