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I-T officer convicted by CBI court for taking Rs 500 bribe

The CBI special court, on Tuesday, sentenced a senior tax assistant caught accepting a bribe of Rs 500, to one-year rigorous imprisonment.

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2011 01:05 IST
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The CBI special court, on Tuesday, sentenced a senior tax assistant caught accepting a bribe of Rs 500, to one-year rigorous imprisonment.

Accused Vijay Karekar, who worked with the Income Tax Department, was arrested in 2005, after he was caught

taking bribe to clear an income tax refund.

“Karekar used to work for Vijay Kumar Patel, an income tax official, and his job was to get the refund orders of assesses signed by Patel and send them to the respective assesses,” said special CBI prosecutor Usha Makasare.

In 2005, the complainant in the case - whose name the CBI refused to reveal - received a call from Karekar, who told him to come to the income tax office. “Karekar demanded Rs500 from the complainant to clear his refund,” said Makasare.

The complainant was due to receive the refund order of assessment years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. “Ordinarily, the complainant would receive the refund through post. That year, he was due to receive a refund of Rs 26,000, which Karekar knew about,” said Makasare.

The complainant agreed to pay Karekar the bribe over the next two days, but approached the Central Bureau of Investigation for help which launched an investigation into the matter.

The CBI completed preliminary investigations and on October 17, 2005, a trap was laid. Sleuths nabbed Karekar accepting the bribe from the complainant. During the investigation, Karekar, who was charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act, confessed to demanding bribe from the complainant.

The prosecution examined nine witnesses, including the complainant, and CBI officials who saw Karekar accepting the bribe.