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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Apr 2014

‘Conduct of IAS officers unbecoming their post’

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 02, 2013
First Published: 11:11 IST(2/7/2013) | Last Updated: 11:13 IST(2/7/2013)

Hitting back at IAS officers association, Indian Revenue Services (IRS) officers association said here on Monday the IAS officers were not behaving in accordance with the dignity of their post.

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The IAS officers association at its meeting on Sunday lambasted the income tax (IT) officials without naming those who took initiative in conducting raid at IAS officer Rajesh Rajora’s residence in 2008.

The association’s tough stand came in the wake of c’s judgment on a petition filed by Rajora and his wife.

The HC in its judgment delivered on Saturday observed: “It appears that because of a dispute over allotment of house, the respondents (IT department officials) could get an opportunity to issue warrant of authorisation, as a result a search could be carried out on the premises of the petitioners.”

“Behaviour of IAS officers in the case is irresponsible. As far as Rajesh Rajora case is Amidst reports that central board of direct taxes (CBDT) has instituted an inquiry to look into all the aspects of the raid, commissioner income tax, Bhopal, SC Sonkar, said he had no knowledge of any inquiry instituted by the CBDT.

News channel reports from Delhi suggested that CBDT would hold an inquiry into the issue. concerned we will take suitable legal action,” said SC Sonkar, president of IRS officers association of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh.

Duty of all enforcement agencies is tough and whenever there is any raid conducted by the department the person against whom raid is conducted naturally feels aggrieved. Also, it is natural for them to build pressure but “we are used to it,” he added.

Sonkar said, “Facts were not presented before the court in the manner they should have been. We would rectify the mistakes and go for appeal or other options as suggested by the legal experts.”

Members of IRS association were busy throughout Monday.

The copy of HC’s judgment reached the income tax office on Monday thereafter it was thoroughly read, discussed and interpreted by young IRS officers after which the association office-bearers decided to talk to media persons to place their point of view.

The main point of discussion at IT office was Rajesh Rajora’s petition which stated that he was victimised because he didn’t allot a government bungalow to an IRS officer and this led to the raid at his residence.

Most of the IRS officers argued that how can a home secretary (Rajora was home secretary then) make such a plea when he was not authorised to allot houses. This was actually the CM’s jurisdiction, said an IRS officer pleading anonymity.

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