CBI asks CBDT to share info in tax evasion case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 26, 2014 00:57 IST

Piqued at leaks targeting its officials, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to share with it any incriminating evidence against serving or retired official having links with meat exporter Moin Qureshi for necessary action.

CBI director Ranjit Sinha wrote a ‘secret’ letter to CBDT chairman RK Tewari recently seeking the details that the Income Tax (IT) department could have in possession in course of its probe against Qureshi, who is suspected of tax evasion by the latter, said a CBI source.

The CBI will not, however, play any role in the probe against Qureshi that is being conducted by the IT department, said the source.

“The director did write to the CBDT for sharing of incriminating details, if any, for necessary action on our part,” said the source.

He said, “Our communication to them was essential since we are concerned at seeing motivated rumour swirling around targeting some connected with the CBI since February-March,” said the source. He said, “If there are incriminating facts against anybody connected to the CBI, which could pass a court’s scrutiny, they should be shared with us.”

The source said, “The rumours even allege of a retired CBI top official having some links with the IT-suspect and talk of money-laundering.”

An alumnus of an elite educational institution, Qureshi has been under the scanner of IT department for alleged tax evasion as the tax sleuths claimed that the turnover of his companies was under-reported.

The IT department claimed to have 500 hours of telephonic transcripts featuring the suspect and other high-profile individuals. The tax sleuths had roped in the Enforcement Directorate to probe alleged money laundering.

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