Diamonds worth Rs 60 lakh were among the articles seized from the house of an income tax deputy commissioner posted at Sirsa in Haryana, who along with an aide has been arrested by the central bureau of investigation (CBI).
They were allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from a private firm proprietor in lieu of giving relief while levying penalty. Sources in the CBI said the I-T deputy commissioner Nitin Garg was arrested late Saturday night from Bathinda, his hometown.
The agency said the proprietor of the private firm based in Sirsa had received an income notice seeking certain information for the assessment year 2013-14.
“It was alleged that the complainant was threatened that in case the bribe was not paid, heavy penalty will be imposed on him. The deputy commissioner instructed his aide to accept the money,” CBI spokesperson RK Gaur said in New Delhi.
He said Garg allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 2 lakh for not imposing heavy penalty. The agency laid a trap and Garg, a resident of Batinda in Punjab, and his aide were arrested while allegedly accepting the bribe, he said.
Searches were conducted at the residential and official premises of the accused officer which led to recovery of Rs 15.6 lakh, besides 1.6-kg gold, diamonds worth around Rs 60 lakh, silver amounting to Rs 5 lakh, and 26 bank accounts in his name and that of his family members.