Income Tax officer arrested for taking bribe

New Delhi: CBI has arrested an Income Tax Officer posted in Mumbai for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 75,000 for reducing the tax assesement from Rs four lakh to Rs 50,000 only.

CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha
CBI Director Anil Kumar Sinha

The agency sources said a case under Prevention of Corruption Act has been registered against Income Tax officer Preeta Babukuttan.

“It was alleged in the complaint that the accused had demanded a bribe from the complainant for according a favour in reducing his assessment of Income Tax from Rs 4 lakhs to Rs 50,000. CBI registered a case under sections 7 and 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act and laid a trap,” CBI spokesperson said here today.

She said the accused was caught while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 75,000 from the complainant.

“Searches have been conducted at the residential premises of the accused in Navi Mumbai,” the spokesperson said.