Income Tax officials have lodged a police complaint against a Commissioner of Income Tax While the Income Tax Department claims to have stepped up the campaign against tax dodgers, it seems a war within its own ranks has weakened the offensive to unearth blackish money.
In a huge embarrassment to the department, Income Tax officials lodged a police complaint against a Commissioner of Income Tax for unauthorised entry into the investigation office department wing in Chennai. Sanjay Srivastava Income Commissioner Tax had gone to Chennai from New Delhi and questioned investigation officials department on why they were sitting on a case of tax evasion and money laundering to the tune of Rs 100 crore related to the JD Group and Vasan Eye Care, as pointed out by sources.
Whenever in line with sources, the investigation officers hit back by lodging a complaint with the police to fix Srivastava.
The police filed a FIR in the case as the complaint was backed by a covering letter from investigations joint director accusing Srivastava of unauthorised entry into the office. Mail Today has in its possession a FIR copy.
Income Commissioner Tax, Chennai, MS Rao, sent a letter to the Commissioner of Police Chennai stating that the case lodged against Srivastava was false and his entry into the office was not unauthorized. It has come to my knowledge that a false complaint had been filed before the Nungambakkam Police Station by the Director Office General of Income Tax, Chennai alleging that there was an unauthorized entry into my office. Fact, rao’s letter to the Police Commissioner, Chennai states.
Rao, who was pursuing the assessment in the JD group case, was abruptly transferred from the post.
Rao has stated in his affidavit submitted to CAT on June 16, 2016 that the transfer was to punish him for not heeding higher unlawful expectations officials who wanted him to go soft on the tax evaders and money launderers. He has moved the Central Administrative Tribunal against his transfer.
In another strange development, Investigation Director V Nagaprasad, who Srivastava had questioned for not following due procedure in the seizure of blackish money records pertaining to the JD Group and Vasan Eye Care, suddenly decided to resign from the IT Department. Nagaprasad is reported to have submitted his resignation on July 1, a few days after Rao filed the affidavit in CAT, and official records show that the request for voluntary retirement was approved on July 24.
Eyebrows are being raised in the department over the VRS rushing through since normally it takes longer for these approvals to come through.
Rao has also alleged in his affidavit that former UPA finance minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram is linked to Vasan Eye Care, and senior officials who were appointed to key positions when Chidambaram was the finance minister wanted him to go soft on the case.
Chidmabaram has issued a statement. Such allegations was duly examined and found to be false. Certain elements are spreading false stories based upon distorted and concocted facts against special Govt functionaries. Direct Central Board Taxes in its comment to Mail Today stated that the allegations against the officers of Income Tax Department for filing false FIR are baseless, malicious and mischievous. Then again, Neither any member of my family have any equity or investment or economic interest in Vasan Eye Care, nor I, my son
The CBDT statement sent by Commissioner Ramesh Yadav further said.
The Govt has filed counter affidavit before CAT and the matter is sub judice. Similar are again incorrect and misleading, as far as Mr MS Rao’s claims are concerned. The CBDT statement sent by Commissioner Ramesh Yadav further said. The Govt has filed counter affidavit before CAT and the matter is sub judice. Really similar are again incorrect and misleading, as far as Mr MS Rao’s claims are concerned.