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CBI arrests Two Income Tax Officers in a Bribery Case

The Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ) has arrested two Income Tax Officers posted in Ward 7(1)(4) and Ward 7(1)(3) at Koramangala, Bangalore in a bribery case of Rs.14 lakh.

A case was registered under section 120 B of IPC and 7 of PC Act, 1988 (as amended in 2018) on 03.04.2019 against an Income Tax Officer, Ward 7(1)(4), and another Income-Tax Officer, Ward 7 (1)(3), Koramangala, Bangalore on a complaint received from a Managing Director of a private company. It was alleged that the accused persons had demanded illegal gratification of Rs.14,00,000/- from the complainant for showing official favour in the matter of settling the issue pertaining to Income-Tax survey conducted at the office premises of the complainant on 06.03.2019 and had asked to deliver the above amount on the evening of 03.04.2019.

CBI laid a trap and caught the Income Tax Officer, posted in Ward 7 (1)(4), Koramangala, Bangalore red-handed while accepting the bribe of Rs.14,00,000/- from the complainant for himself and for another Income Tax Officer. Searches were carried out at the residential and official premises of both the accused. Cash of Rs. 1.65 crore (approx.) and USD 1450 were recovered from the premises and locker of the Income Tax Officer posted in Ward 7(1)(4). Further, several incriminating documents relating to the case, property, investments and mobile phones, pen drives, etc. have been recovered during searches. During the investigation, the other Income Tax Officer posted in Ward 7(1)(3) was also arrested.

The arrested accused are being produced today before the Competent Court at Bangalore.

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