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Govt compulsorily retires tax officers over charges ranging from extortion, bribe, sexual harassment

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The government has compulsorily retired almost a dozen senior tax officers on charges ranging from extortion, bribe and sexual

The axe has fallen on about 12 senior officers of the rank of chief commissioners, principal commissioners, commissioners of department under rule FR (fundamental rule) 56 (j) of central (pension) rules.

The officers include Ashok Agarwal, joint of and former deputy director, ED; S.K. Srivastava, (Appeal, NOIDA; Homi Rajvansh, IRS 1985 batch; B.B. Rajendra Prasad; Ajoy Kumar Singh; B. Arulappa; Alok Kumar Mitra; Chander Saini Bharti; Andasu Ravinder; Vivek Batra; and

This is major crackdown by 2.0 on bureaucrats and officials indulging in alleged corruption practices.

Among the key tax officials shown the door is who has remained suspended from 1999 to 2014. He faced serious allegations of corruption and from accused of helping late 'godman' Chandraswami. Agarwal was found to have acquired ill-gotten wealth to the tune of Rs 12 crore and faced a CBI enquiry.

The 1989-batch Indian Revenue Service (IRS) has also been retired prematurely as he faced charges of alleged sexual

Some of the tax officers forced to exit the service acquired movable and immovable properties without obtaining required approvals.

One of the had illegal acquired assets worth Rs 3.17 crore. sources said Rajvansh was arrested by CBI after absconding from his headquarters to evade arrest.

Another B.was arrested by the CBI on allegations of passing favourable order for illegal gratifications while S.K. Srivastava, (Appeal), is accused of sexual to two women IRS officers of Commissioner rank.

In the case of Ajoy Kumar Singh, sources said that CBI, ACB, Mumbai, had registered a disproportionate assets case when Singh was of Income Tax, He was also arrested by the CBI in connection with the case and placed under suspension w.e.f. 25.10.2009.

Officers have also been compulsorily retired for incompetence as in the case of B Arulappa. He allegedly proved to be ineffective as a and failed to ensure assignment of important cases having large tax implication to senior and experienced officers. But, ministry sources said that is allegedly involved in many cases of corruptions and and passed many wrong and malafide assessment orders which were later on reversed by the appellate authorities.

On the other hand, Chander Saini Bharti was apprehended by CBI in connection with a trap case and the bribe money of Rs 30 lakh was recovered from 'angadiya' (courier) used by him. He was allegedly found using hawala channels for transferring the ill-gotten money.

was arrested by CBI in New on April 13, 2018 for allegedly demanding Rs 50 lakh for giving relief in a shell company matter to a The amount was recovered from a middle-man and searches were carried out by CBI on the premises linked to Shri in Guwahati, Jorhat, Shillong, and

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First Published: Mon, June 10 2019. 22:02 IST
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