In a national operation, CBI has listed a case on 9 senior Income Tax officers including Chief Commissioner of Delhi Income Tax, SK Mittal and three private persons for supposedly indulging in corruption. CBI is carrying out searches at 17 locations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Khammam on Wednesday 22 June 2016.
CBI said, the agency has registered case against Income Tax officers Mittal, Additional Commissioner Bangalore T N Prakash, Deputy Investigation Commissioner Chennai S Murali Mohan, Commissioner (audit-2) Chennai Vijayalakshmi, Additional Commissioner Mumbai S Pandian, Commissioner (DR) ITAT Mumbai G Lakshmi Baraprasad, Additional Director General (systems-4) Ghaziabad Vikram Gaur and Additional investigation Director Mumbai Rajendra Kumar.
CBI recovered documents related to properties worth Rs 2.6 crore, cash of Rs 16 lakh, 4.25 kg of gold jewelry besides 13 kg of silver articles during searches at the premises of one of the officers.
CBI claimed that from another certified Fixed Deposit Earnings worth Rs 68 lakh were recovered. Featuring that these were initial recoveries, they said the searches are still going on and that more recoveries could be made.
CA Sanjay Bhandari and his sons Shreyans and Divyang are also named as accused in the case of corruption.
It is supposed that these officials were availing favors including stay at five star hotels, transport in the form of luxury cars and flight travel at the expense of the chartered accountant and his sons and helping him in the cases of his clients as a quid pro quo.
Present case stopped from another case listed by the agency in January, 2015 in which Bhandari was named along with Joint Commissioner Sallong Yaden who was arrested while allegedly ‘receiving’ the payoff amount from Shreyans Bhandari of SH Bhandari and Co, Chartered Accountants.
CBI said, “Yaden had allegedly needed and accepted the payoff for giving a ‘favorable’ report on the Income Tax search conducted on a city-based private company”
During the investigation, CBI found a deep rooted nexus between Bhandari and senior Income Tax officers who were allegedly giving promising reports for his clients in lieu of favors received from him.
Following the stream of nearly one year, CBI has filed cases against these officers and Bhandari and his sons.
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