The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested an income tax officer, along with his clerk, for allegedly demanding bribe from a retired army officer in Jammu.
According to officials, Lt Col Girish Chander Saxena (retd), a resident of Talab Tillo lodged a formal complaint at the CBI office mentioning that two officials of the income tax department, Jammu office, were demanding bribe from him for releasing a cheque of Rs 3 lakh, which was his tax refund.
"A team of CBI officials acted on a complaint lodged by the retired Lieutenant Colonel that some officials of the income tax department were demanding a bribe of Rs 25,000 from him to refund an amount of Rs 3 lakh in his favour," said official sources.
They further said a trap was laid and a raid was conducted on Thursday afternoon in the income tax department, Jammu. Income tax officer Hans Raj and his clerk, Pritam Sharma, were arrested on the spot while accepting the money. The officer had recently been elevated and it was his first posting in Jammu, they said.
In support of his formal complaint, the complainant also produced two independent witnesses before CBI officers and then made a call from his cell phone to the number of clerk. The entire conversation between complainant and Pritam Sharma was also recorded in the cell phone as evidence.
The complainant was being harassed by the suspects and compelled to make frequent visits to the department's office for extraneous considerations.
The CBI team later raided a local hotel in the city where the ITO had got the accommodation. Some valuable documents and other vital clues were seized from the spot, which were being scrutinised by the department.
"A case has been registered and the investigation is in progress. The involvement of more people within the department cannot be ruled out," officials added.
Both the arrested officials of the income tax department will be produced either before the special judge anti-corruption, CBI, or chief judicial magistrate Saturday to seek their remand in the CBI custody.