Guwahati, April 14, 2018

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested two income tax officers, including a commissioner, and two others in an alleged bribery case.

According to the CBI, the arrested include commissioner of income tax (audit), Guwahati, Swetabh Suman, income tax officer (audit), Guwahati, Pratap Das, advocate and IT practioner Ramesh Goenka and Pranjal Sarmah.

Sarmah had allegedly handed over Rs 40 lakh to Goenka for giving it to the two IT officials.

A statement issued by the CBI said Suman and Das had allegedly sought illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 50 lakh through Goenka for showing undue favour to Suresh Kumar Agarwalla, director of M/s Win Power Infra Private Limited, by passing a favourable order in an appeal arising out of assessment done in respect of a shell company owned by Agarwalla.

Win Power Infra Pvt. Ltd, which has its corporate office on Raja Maidam Road in Jorhat, also has offices in New Delhi and Guwahati.

Agarwalla and Goenka's son Amit, who is also an advocate and a tax practitioner, have also been named in the FIR registered by the CBI at its anti-corruption branch here in this connection on Wednesday but they have not been arrested. A CBI source said Agarwalla is overseas while Amit is unwell and currently under medical supervision.

The case (number RC0172018A0005) was registered under Sections 7, 11, 12, 13 (2) and 13 (1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. Suman was apprehended in New Delhi on Thursday.

He was flown down from there on Friday and formally arrested.

CBI sleuths conducted searches in the office and residential premises of the accused persons at different places in Guwahati, Jorhat, Nagaon, Shillong, Noida, Delhi and other places and seized several incriminating documents and nearly Rs 49 lakh in cash.

All the four accused were produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup (metro), which remanded them in CBI custody for three days.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) on Friday issued a statement saying that Ramesh and Amit are not chartered accountants as mentioned by the CBI in a press release issued on Thursday. "ICAI, being the regulator of the profession of chartered accountants verified its records and found that both the accused are not chartered accountants as their names do not appear in the register of members maintained by the ICAI," the statement said.

[The Telegraph]