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CBI raids 23 locations of I-T officials, Kolkata bizmen

CBI carried out searches on the premises of principal commissioner, income tax, Ranchi, Tapas Kumar Dutta, additional commissioner Arvind Kumar and other I-T officials. Besides raids were also conducted on the premises of five Kolkata based businessmen and a chartered accountant

ranchi Updated: Jul 15, 2017 13:34 IST
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Income-Tax building in Ranchi
Income-Tax building in Ranchi(HT Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids on the premises of income tax officials, a chartered accountant and five others across 23 locations in Kolkata and Ranchi for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy to favour shell companies by slashing their tax liabilities.

The CBI carried out searches on the premises of principal commissioner, income tax, Ranchi, Tapas Kumar Dutta, additional commissioner Arvind Kumar, income tax officer Ranjit Kumar Lal and another officer of the department Ganguly.

Besides, raids were also conducted on the premises of chartered accountant Pawan Maurya and five Kolkata-based businessmen - Biswanath Agarwal, director of Anchal Vyapar Private Limited, Santosh Choudhary, Vinod Agarwal, Aakash Agarwal and Arvind Agarwal.

Several teams of the CBI swooped down at 18 locations in Kolkata and five in Ranchi simultaneously to conduct the raids.

Earlier in the day, a team of CBI officials reached Ranchi’s income tax building to quiz Dutta, who resides in the department’s guest house on the 8th floor. They grilled Dutta and his colleagues for over four hours. However, the officials refused to divulge anything, saying that the investigation was still going on.

A separate team raided Dutta’s residence at Salt Lake in Kolkata. As per sources, the CBI sleuths found piles of cash stacked in many corners of the house, including the kitchen, toilets and under the bed. Till afternoon, the officers were busy assessing the yield.

The raids followed a named FIR by the CBI on July 10 against Dutta and nine others. HT was provided a copy of the FIR for viewing.

It was alleged that Dutta, under a criminal conspiracy with his colleagues, accepted huge bribes from the named persons for transferring their companies’ income tax assessment files from Kolkata and Hazaribag to Ranchi and reassessing them to substantially reduce tax liability of these companies.

Dutta asked his junior Arvind Kumar to issue favourable orders by reassessing the files of GRD Finance and Finlink, the companies in which Biswanath Agarwal has financial interest. Besides, Agarwal paid huge bribe to Dutta and other officers after the folder of assessment file of his company, Anchal Vyapar, was migrated to Ranchi. Dutta also assured to pass favourable orders for Agarwal’s other companies, viz, Sanchay Tradecom and Marici Dealmark.

The CBI alleged that Biswanath Agarwal, his two relatives PK Dhanuka and Subodh Dhanuka, and Santosh Choudhary were custodians of Dutta’s illegal money. The FIR further alleged that Dutta obtained 6% interest from these people against his illegal money stashed with them. Recently in May and again on June 11, hefty interest amount was paid to Dutta’s wife at his Salt Lake residence.

The FIR revealed that on Dutta’s instructions, Biswanath Agarwal had paid Rs 3.5 crore to Mani group for booking a flat at EM bypass in Kolkata. In order to show these alleged shady transactions as genuine, fake loan papers had been procured. In one such loan paper, it was shown that Subodh Dhanuka had taken a loan of Rs 1.75 crore from Ruchira Dutta, a family member of Tapas Dutta.