Income Tax official sentenced to 7 years rigorous imprisonment in bribe case

A special CBI court in Dehradun on Saturday sentenced an Income Tax officer to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for demanding bribe of Rs 10000 from a businessman for disbursing his payments.

The court of additional district judge (ADJ) Anuj Kumar Sangal convicted SK Srivastava, posted as drawing and disbursement officer (DDO) in Income Tax office in Dehradun, under section 7 and 13 of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 20000 on Srivastava who hails from Dehradun and has a permanent house in Mohit Nagar.

Significantly, the CBI received a complaint on September 15, 2014 from local businessman Rahul Gupta, whose firm had provided a full time taxi to Income Tax office, against SK Srivastava. “The complainant contended that the convicted officer was asking Rs 10000 as bribe to disburse two cheques of Rs 36000 each,” said public prosecutor Satish Kumar.

According to prosecution, the officer was reluctant to disburse the payments despite the bills were already cleared by the assistant commissioner rank officer. After finding the complaint true, CBI registered a case against the official and laid a trap. He was caught red-handed while accepting the bribe from the complainant near the Income Tax office.

It is to be noted that complainant’s wife was partner in BS Taxi Service which provided the taxi to the Income Tax Office. The complainant was seeking clearance of his bills worth Rs 72000 for year 2014.

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