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Monday, May 14, 2012

23 tax tribunal members under CBI scanner for ‘fixing’ verdicts

An estimated 69 orders passed by as many as 23 members of various benches of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) are now the subject matter of an unprecedented nationwide inquiry for alleged corruption by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The ITAT, a quasi-judicial body, is the highest income tax appellate authority. Its bench usually has two members — a judicial and an accountant member — who are selected by a board chaired by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.
All orders under the scanner are alleged to have been issued in “collusion” with chartered accountancy firm S K Tulsiyan and Co. It was in 2008 that the CBI had first registered a case against Jugal Kishore, an ITAT member from Kolkata, for allegedly receiving a bribe from the bosses of S K Tulsiyan and Co., for delivering “pre-decided’’ judgments. The CBI recovered Rs 28 lakh from Kishore’s residence.
After a three-year-long investigation, the CBI identified at least 69 judgments where it said S K Tulsiyan & Co. not only had prior knowledge of these orders but in many cases is suspected to have written them as well.
The most glaring case is that of the tribunal’s Kolkata bench — as many as 12 of its orders were recovered from Tulsiyan’s hard discs before these were delivered, the CBI has alleged.
The Law Ministry has granted sanction to register Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) against 15 ITAT members and four officials of the Income Tax Department.
Ten ITAT members are working in the Kolkata bench; others are from the benches in Mumbai, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Patna and Hyderabad. The officers under probe are either judicial members or accountant members.
curtsy-Indian Express

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