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CBI arrests four IT officials, two others in bribery case in Kanpur
New Delhi, June 4, 2012
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested four senior officials of the Income Tax (IT) department, the managing director of a private real estate firm and a chartered accountant from Kanpur in connection with an alleged bribery case.
Those arrested included the Director (Investigation), Additional Director (Investigation), an Assistant Commissioner and an inspector of the IT department, a CBI press release said.
The agency had earlier registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against the IT officials, functionaries of the real estate firm and the chartered accountant. The real estate company has large-scale residential projects in various cities of North India.
The release said that it was alleged that the Investigation Wing of the IT Department at Kanpur conducted a survey following reports of suspected tax evasion by the company. Following this, senior officials of the company, along with the chartered accountant, contacted various officials of the IT department at Kanpur to settle the matter illegally and allegedly paid huge amounts of bribe to the four officials.
Further, it was alleged that, when the bank lockers of the private company were opened, the IT officials allowed the MD of the company and his family to illegally take away a major portion of the huge amounts of cash and gold stored in it.
The release said the chartered accountant was working as a middleman between the IT officials and the officials of the private company.
The agency conducted searches at the house of the Director (Investigation) in Delhi and recovered Rs 30 allegedly received as bribe by him. Thereafter, searches wre conducted at various places in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Lucknow and Kanpur, which led to the recovery of huge amounts of cash, valuables and incriminating documents, the release said.
The arrested accused were produced today before the Special Judge, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and were remanded to seven days in CBI custody. Further investigation is in progress, the release added.