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CBI arrests Mumbai IT Commissioner, five others for graft

04 May 2017, 10:46 | Violet Powell

Income tax commissioner, five others arrested by CBI in Mumbai

CBI arrests Income Tax Commissioner BB Rajendra Prasad on graft charges, Rs 1.4 crores seized

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday arrested city-based Income Tax commissioner (Appeal-30) BB Rajendra Prasad and five others for allegedly engineering and pocketing a bribe of Rs two crore for a favourable tax order.

Prasad, a 1992 batch Indian Revenue Service officer who is now in charge of appeals in Mumbai, was arrested from his house in Visakhapatnam while he was on leave.

Prasad was caught red handed while receiving Rs 19.34 lakh from a real estate agent, Suresh Kumar Jain, in Visakhapatnam. While some reports put the seizure at Rs 1.5 crore, others said it was Rs 16 lakh.

Several property documents along with details of bank accounts, three lockers and other incriminating documents were also recovered during the searches.

The trust through the CA firm entered into a conspiracy of paying a hefty bribe running into crores as "illegal gratification" to secure the favourable order from Prasad.

According to Prasad's instructions, the money was to be delivered in Mumbai to Manish Jain (suspected to be the hawala operator), who would then transfer it to his relative Suresh Kumar Jain in Visakhapatnam.

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An official spokesperson of Balaji Trust denied allegations of misconduct by its executives: "There was a routine survey of records, conducted by CBI at the offices of two of our executives in connection with some IT assessment orders".

They were produced before a CBI Special Court that remanded Prasad in five-day CBI custody.

After the installments reached Suresh Jain in Visakhapatnam, Prasad took leave from his office, and reached there and stayed at his residence in Visalakshinagar.

Both, Commissioner and the Real Estate trade agent were arrested, and also recovered the remaining amount of Rs 1.50 crore (approx) earlier received by the Real Estate trade agent. "Our executives are cooperating with the investigation fully and will continue to do so", he said.

Further investigation is underway.

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