The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a commissioner of income tax, Mumbai and five others in an alleged bribery case.
A case was registered against commissioner of income tax B B Rajendra Prasad and others. The others arrested include, Suresh Kumar Jain, real estate trade agent, Pradip Mittal, an employee of Essar Company, Vipin Bajpai, an employee of Essar Company, Shreyas Parikh, chartered accountant, Manish Jain.
It was alleged that Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai has recently passed an order in an appeal matter favouring a private Trust whose trustee is a private company based at Mumbai. For giving this favourable order, he allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2 crore and wanted the money to be delivered to the relative of a Real Estate Trade Agent at Mumbai, who in turn after collecting the money transferred it to said the agent in Visakhapatnam.
The commissioner of income tax had visited Visakhapatnam on leave and allegedly demanded the Real Estate trade agent to deliver part of the money at his residence.
CBI laid a trap and caught the commissioner who had received part of the bribe Rs 19.34 lakh from the Real Estate trade agent. During investigation, the remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore earlier received by the real estate trade agent on behalf of the commissioner was also recovered.
Following the arrest, searches were conducted in Mumbai & Visakhapatnam including offices & residence of the accused which led to recovery of several property documents, details of bank accounts, three lockers and several incriminating documents.
The arrested accused were produced today in court. The court granted five days police custody to the commissioner of income tax.