Income tax officials arrested for bribery


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The Central Bureau of Investigation has nabbed an Income tax commissioner and a chartered accountant for demanding a bribe of Rs220,000 (Dh17,600) from a complainant for settling a tax scrutiny case, an official said here Saturday.

CBI western region head Rishi Raj Singh identified the two as Income Tax Commissioner (Appeal) R.P. Meena, and chartered accountant U.P. Pai.

Meena asked the complainant to pay a sum of Rs220,000 in return for a closure report for the files pertaining to the period 2006-2007. The complainant was asked to pay the amount to Pai, otherwise his file would never be cleared and he would be compelled to shell out heavy penalties.

The complainant approached the CBI, and a CBI team on Friday went to Meena's office where he was holding discussions with the victim and Pai over arrangements towards paying the bribe.

Pai summoned the complainant to a restaurant near the bustling Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, where the money was handed over.

The CBI team, waiting at the venue in disguise, caught Pai red-handed while accepting the bribe on behalf of Meena.

During the interrogation, Pai revealed that he was to hand over the money to an agent of Meena. The agent was also arrested, and revealed that he was collecting money from Meena on a regular basis.

Soon thereafter, a CBI team rushed to Meena's residence and arrested him.

The CBI is searching the houses and offices of Meena and Pai. Searches are also under way at three locations including New Delhi.