The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has compulsorily retired yet another 15 very senior officers of the rank of Pr. CIT, CIT, JCIT, Addl CIT, ACIT today under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in public interest, due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps.
Earlier this year, 49 high ranking tax officers including 12 officers from CBDT were compulsorily retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J).
— Prasar Bharati News Services (@PBNS_India) September 27, 2019
49 Taxmen including Senior officers were given compulsory retirement under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in public interest. #MODIfied100
— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 12, 2019
“…black sheep in tax administration…misused…powers…harassed taxpayers…honest assesses…taking excessive action for minor…violations…have…taken…step…compulsorily retiring…number of tax officials…will not tolerate this type of behaviour.”@narendramodi
— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) August 12, 2019
Most of these officers had corruption cases worth crores of rupees against them.
The government has forcibly retired 15 senior income tax officers under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest. This is the fourth time that the government has shown a group of senior officers the door for their alleged involvement in corruption or other malpractices.
The latest set of officials belong to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). The officers retired by the government before their term include those at very senior posts, such as Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Commissioner of Income Tax, Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Additional Commissioner of Income Tax And Assistant Commissioner of Income Tax.
Most of these officers had corruption cases worth crores of rupees against them. The list includes names of officers from across the country – Ludhiana, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, etc. One officer was caught taking a bribe of Rs 15,000, several others many had assets disproportionate to their known sources of income.
According to an official statement by the CBDT, the step has been taken in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise to the nation.
“Some black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations. We have recently taken the bold step of compulsorily retiring a significant number of tax officials, and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour,” the prime minister had said in an interview.
It may be noted that 49 high-ranking tax officers, including 12 officers from CBDT were compulsorily retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J) earlier this year.
In June, the government had compulsorily retired 15 commissioner-level officials of CBIC on charges of corruption, collecting and giving bribes, smuggling and even criminal conspiracy. Before that 12 IRS officers were asked to compulsorily retire and a set of 22 CBIC officers were asked to retire in August this year.