The CBI has issued a grim press release which stated as follows:
CBI ARRESTS A PRINCIPAL COMMISSIONER OF INCOME TAX AND AN INCOME TAX OFFICER IN AN ALLEGED BRIBERY CASE OF Rs.10 LAKH
New Delhi, 15.10.2015
The Central Bureau of Investigation has today arrested a Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Thiruvananthapuram and an Income Tax Officer, Thiruvananthapuram in an alleged bribery case of Rs.10 lakh (approx ).
A case was registered U/s 120-B of IPC r/w 7, 12, 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988 against Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Kottayam; an Income Tax Officer working in the office of CCIT, Thiruvananthapuram; a Chartered Accountant, Kottayam; a Proprietor of Kottayam based private Jewellery Company & a Managing Partner of company at Kottayam and unknown others in an alleged bribery of Rs.10 Lakh.
It was alleged that the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax, Thiruvananthapuram & also holding charge of PCIT, Kottayam had demanded Rs.10 lakh to give a favourable report on the Income Tax survey conducted on a jewellery shop based in Kottayam. The amount was to be delivered by the Chartered Accountant of the said shop to the Principal Commissioner of Income Tax through the partner of a construction company. CBI conducted searches and recovered Rs.10 lakh (approx) from the partner of the construction company.
Further, searches are being conducted at 9 places including Kottayam, Thiruvananthpuram & also few places outside Kerala at the office & residence of accused persons which led to recovery of several incriminating documents, files relating to the Assessments, computers, laptops, cellphones and cash of Rs. 12.5 lakh (approx).
The arrested accused were produced today before the Designated Court, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and remanded to three days Police Custody.
The newspapers identified the arrested Principal Commissioner of Income Tax as being Mr. Anil Goel. It was also stated that the seized documents indicated that Anil Goel had accumulated disproportionate assets worth Rs 30 crore.