Income tax officer Rakesh Kumar Jain, who was arrested on graft charges on February 3, will face trial for corruption, while his mother, Kanta Jain (80), a cancer patient, will also stand trial for charges of abetting him in the crime, as she had allegedly helped in hiding the bribe money to save her son.
The court of CBI special judge Vimal Kumar framed charges against the two on Friday. Now, if the two are convicted, they may face imprisonment of up to five years.
Rakesh Kumar was arrested by the CBI while allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000 from real-estate agent Ashok Arora for settling an issue pertaining to income tax notices served on him. He has been booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and is on bail at present.
CBI claims that Rakesh Kumar had initially demanded Rs. 3.5 lakh as bribe and the deal was finally struck at Rs. 2.5 lakh. On February 3, Arora had gone to Rakesh Kumar's house to deliver the bribe. He had kept the amount on the vent of an air-conditioner and left. CBI claims that Jain then came out and took the money inside while he was wearing gloves. CBI sleuths then rang the doorbell and Jain's wife opened the door after a long gap, it is alleged.
CBI claimed that Rakesh Kumar then handed over the amount to his mother, and as its officials pounced on the accused, women of the house created a hue and cry. When CBI conducted a search of the income tax officer's wife, his mother panicked and closed her room's door and hid the bribe money in her undergarments, the CBI claimed. The amount was reportedly later recovered following a personal search by policewomen.
CBI has alleged that Jain had taken Rs. 36 lakh as bribe from 50 persons during his posting with the Chandigarh branch of the income tax department, saying that documents seized from Jain's house pointed at this.
Official faces another case
Tainted income tax officer RK Jain was later in May 2013 booked in a disproportionate assets case, following recovery of gold, cash and jewellery during the search of his house and bank lockers. CBI had recovered Rs. 23.18 lakh from his house along with two gold bricks weighing 1 kg each. CBI sleuths had also recovered documents pertaining to investment in shares worth Rs. 60 lakh.