The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) formally arrested Additional Commissioner of Income Tax SM Keshkamat on Saturday in connection with a Rs 4.5 lakh bribery case.
The CBI’s anti-corruption branch had on Thursday caught Income Tax (I-T) officer T.V. Mohan when he allegedly accepted the bribe from a real estate agent, through a tax consultant. The CBI raided Keshkamat’s homes in Thane after Mohan, who was arrested on Friday, reportedly told CBI officials that he took the bribe on behalf of his superior.
The CBI also arrested tax consultant Deepak Vaccharajni, who allegedly accepted the bribe on Mohan’s behalf in his Borivli office. “After Vaccharajni accepted the bribe, Mohan reached his office immediately and took possession of the money,” a CBI official said.
All three were produced before holiday judge S. P. Kulkarni, who remanded Keshkamat and Vaccharajni in police custody till Monday.
Judge Kulkarni observed that sufficient material was collected during the investigation justifying the demand of police custody to unearth the conspiracy angle. The court also observed that though the evidence collected in respect of Keshkamat was slightly weak, it showed that he was connected with the matter under investigation and such investigation could not be completed within 24 hours.
Mohan was, however, remanded in judicial custody till Monday after he alleged CBI officials assaulted him. The judicial custody was to ascertain, through a medical examination, if there was any basis to his complaint. CBI officials have alleged that Mohan had demanded Rs 12.5 lakh from the real estate agent out of which he had already taken Rs 8 lakh.
During a raid at Mohan’s Borivli residence, the CBI found Rs 2.6 lakh in cash. CBI officials said Mohan also owns two flats in Borivli.
While arguing for the CBI, Special Public Prosecutor Ejaz Khan told the court that they had recovered a small piece of paper from Mohan’s wallet which enlisted names of various assesses from whom money was to be taken.