Modi govt proposed to appoint a ‘corrupt’ IRS officer as CVC Chief: Prashant Bhushan

New Delhi: Noted lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan attacked the Narendra Modi government, saying that government proposed move to appoint an IRS officer (Income Tax) to the post of the Central Vigilance Commissioner, who has charges of corruption against him.

Government’s proposed move to appoint former Central Board of CBDT Chairman K V Chowdary as CVC.
Narendra Modi government is likely to announce former CBDT Chairman, K V Chowdary as CVC Chief.

In a statement on Tuesday, Bhushan alleged that former Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Chairman, K V Chowdary sat on the information regarding black money provided by Swiss bank HSBC. His name figures four times in the list of persons who visited controversial former CBI Director Ranjit Sinha at his residence.

It is to be noted that the Supreme Court had removed Sinha from the 2G scam probe after finding Bhushan’s allegation that he had influenced the investigation by meeting several accused ‘prima facie’ true.

The Supreme Court said on May 14 that Sinha’s meetings and the impact of those meetings on cases being dealt by the CBI, needs to be investigated.

Bhushan also pointed out that Chowdary had investigated the aspect of tax evasion in the 2G scam but his probe didn’t yield any result unlike other agencies such as CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. Bhushan further alleged that Chowdary himself was under a cloud in a stock related scam.

Bhushan’s statement comes at a time when the Centre has finalised Chowdary’s name and is likely to announce it after the approval of the president, who will be back from Sweden on Thursday.

However, Chowdary refused to comment Bhushan’s charges. Sources close Chowdary said, “As far as Chowdary is concerned, his track record has never been an issue.”

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