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CBI raids 23 locations, books senior IT commissioner, seizes Rs 3.5 cr

CBI searched 23 locations in Kolkata and Ranchi including residential premises of this official

IANS  |  Ranchi/New Delhi 

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The on Wednesday conducted raids at 23 locations in and in connection with a graft case registered against the Principal Commissioner of and others, an official said. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took the step against Principal Commissioner Tapas Kumar Dutta, posted in Ranchi, and three of his colleagues -- Arvind Kumar, Additional Commissioner of Tax; Ranjeet Kumar Lal, an Officer and an Officer (Tech) identified only as Ganguly -- following allegations of criminal conspiracy. The four officials of department, along with five businessmen and a Chartered Accountant have been booked on charges of criminal conspiracy, criminal misconduct and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. During the search operation, the seized Rs 3.5 crore in cash, five kg gold and some incriminating documents from the premises owned by Dutta.

Searches were on at several locations. Dutta and his colleagues were accused of favouring five Kolkata-based businessmen -- identified as Biswanath Agarwal, Santosh Chowdhury, Aakash Agarwal, Vinod Agarwal and Arvind Agarwal -- and their companies in the matter of taxes and for taking illegal gratification. The raids took place at 18 residential and office premises of the accused in and five places in in Jharkhand, a official said. "It is alleged that Dutta and three other officials conspired with six private persons, including a Kolkata-based chartered accountant Pawan Maurya, and some unidentified persons," the official said. The officers questioned Dutta at the IT office in Sources said the raids were related to hawala transactions. "Dutta during 2016 and 2017 had entered into a criminal conspiracy with other officials, the businessmen, infamous entry operators and the Chartered Accountant for getting assessment files of different assessee companies transferred from and Hazaribagh to for providing undue favour to those who have been charged with heavy liability, in lieu of huge bribes," the official said. The official further said that Dutta had issued favourable orders in the case of private companies, who had already paid a huge bribe, which was allegedly stashed with a private person.

First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 11:08 IST