Income tax officer arrested; new notes of Rs24 lakh seized

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an income tax officer at Jhalwar in Rajasthan while allegedly taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh from an assessee for not imposing penalty on his income tax return.

The agency also found new currency notes worth Rs 24 lakh during searches at his residence, CBI spokesperson said on Friday. CBI officials said Vinay Kumar Mangla, Income Tax officer, Jhalawar was arrested red handed while he was allegedly accepting the bribe from the income tax assessee.

“ A case was registered U/s 7 of PC Act, 1988 against income tax officer, Jhalawar on a complaint. It was alleged in the complaint that the income tax officer demanded a bribe of Rs1 lakh from the complainant for not imposing penalty due in the scrutiny of his income for the assessment year of 2014-15,” CBI spokesperson R.K. Gaur said on Friday.

He said CBI laid a trap and caught the accused red handed while demanding & accepting a bribe of Rs1 lakh from the complainant. “During the search conducted at the residential premises of the accused, new currency of Rs 24 lakh (approximately) was found,” CBI spokesperson said.