CBI arrests four I-T officers, bizman in shell companies scam
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CBI arrests four I-T officers, bizman in shell companies scam

CBI also files charge sheet against 14 accused. It had arrested Ranchi’s principal commissioner of income tax Tapas Kumar Dutta in July, seized Rs 3.7 crore cash, 6.6 kg gold and sale deed of a flat worth Rs 4 crore

ranchi Updated: Sep 09, 2017 13:25 IST
Bedanti Saran
Bedanti Saran
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
CBI officials escorting income tax officer during production before a special CBI court in Ranchi (HT Photo)

The CBI on Friday arrested four income-tax officers and a Kolkata-based businessman for their alleged involvement in criminal conspiracy to favour shell companies by slashing their tax liabilities during 2016-17.

The CBI had on July 12 arrested Ranchi’s principal commissioner of income-tax Tapas Kumar Dutta in the same case after conducting search and seizure operations at 23 locations, including 18 in Kolkata and five in Ranchi. Dutta is currently cooling his heels here at Birsa Munda Central Jail (BMCJ).

During the search and seizure operations, the CBI had recovered Rs 3.7 crore cash, 6.6 kg gold and several incriminating documents, including sale deed of a flat worth Rs 4 crore from Dutta’s Salt Lake residence in Kolkata and a bank locker.

The CBI’s Delhi anti-corruption branch (ACB), which is investigating the case, arrested the four income-tax officers — Ranjeet Kumar Lal, Sunil Kumar Gupta (both posted in Ranchi), Tarun Roy and Vinod Kumar Pal (posted in Hazaribag) — and Kolkata-based businessman Santosh Choudhary alias Santosh Shah after they were summoned for interrogation.

All the five arrested were produced before a special CBI court in Ranchi on Friday. The court took them under judicial custody and forwarded them to BMCJ till September 15.

The CBI also filed chargesheets against 14 accused involved in the case including Dutta, Lal, Gupta, Roy, Pal and businessmen Biswanath Agarwal, Santosh Choudhary, Anup Kumar Lakhotia, Aakash Agarwal, Nirmal Jain, Ashok Yadav, Satnarayan Sarawgi, Sanjay Dhanuka and Subodh Dhanuka.

Earlier, the CBI on July 10 had registered a named FIR against Dutta and several others. It was alleged that Dutta during 2016-17 had entered into a criminal conspiracy with his colleagues to take a huge bribe from the named private persons for transferring their companies’ income-tax assessment files from Kolkata and Hazaribag to Ranchi and reassessing the files to substantially reduce the tax liability of these companies.

Under the criminal conspiracy, Dutta asked his juniors to issue favourable orders by reassessing the files of GRD Finance and Finlink, the companies in which Biswanath Agarwal has financial interests. Besides, Agarwal paid huge bribe to Dutta and other officers soon after the folder of assessment file of his company Anchal Vyapar migrated to Ranchi. Dutta also promised to pass favourable orders with regard to Agarwal’s other companies namely Sanchay Tradecom and Marici Dealmark.

The CBI alleged that Biswanath Agarwal, his two relatives P K Dhanuka and Subodh Dhanuka, and Santosh Choudhary were custodian 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 on June 11 hefty interest amount was delivered to Dutta’s wife at his Salt Lake residence.

First Published: Sep 09, 2017 13:25 IST