Hyderabad: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has compulsorily retired another 15 senior officers of the rank of principal commissioner, joint commissioner under Fundamental Rule 56 (J). The move comes in the interest of the public as these officers were accused of corruption and other charges or were caught by the CBI.
I-T officer K. Jayaprakash, serving as assistant commissioner ACIT (08564), has been accused of corruption when he was deputy commissioner IT- Karimnagar. He is accused of demanding bribe from a taxpayer for doing an official favour. Further, he was apprehended by the CBI and Rs 24.60 lakh of the total bribe money of Rs 25 lakh was recovered from staff/ persons associated with Jayaprakash. He was allegedly found using the services of one N. Shivakumar, an auditor who would receive the bribe money from the taxpayer on his behalf.
The second officer to be shown the door is V. Appala Raju, additional CIT (88093). He is alleged to have amassed assets in his own name and in the name of his family members, to the tune of more than Rs. 60 lakh, disproportionate to his known legal sources of income.
The accused officer has neither obtained any prior permission, regarding the transactions of movable and immovable properties entered into by him. Neither has he furnished intimations regarding these transactions in violation of provisions of CCS (Conduct) Rules, 1964.
About 49 high ranking tax officers including 12 officers from CBDT were compulsorily retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J) earlier this year.