Published On: Tue, Jan 19th, 2016

Top revenue officials collude with big business houses to evade multi-crore tax

New Delhi: The Revenue Department, Ministry of Finance, has flagged that a few top revenue officials have colluded with big business houses to help them evade multi-crore tax, top government sources said.

Current Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia

Current Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia

The department has also sought an investigation, they said.

The former Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance had written to the CBI last year, alerting the agency to a high-level nexus.

Sources said the CBI is inquiring into the allegations. The probe agency, however, did not respond to an e-mail query sent by a newspaper seeking the current status of the investigation.

“Inputs indicated that certain officers were facilitating tax evasion for certain individuals and industry. Some big taxpayers are involved in the racket that needs to be investigated,” said a government official.

The names of five senior tax officers were mentioned in the “top secret” communication sent to the CBI. Sources said that a few months later, a reminder was also sent to the agency seeking action.

Sources said it is suspected that a syndicate involving senior tax officials and corporate houses is involved in the multi-crore tax evasion net.

Through its internal surveillance mechanism and inputs from various sources, Department of Revenue had earlier listed nearly 20 senior tax officials suspected to be part of the alleged bribery syndicate.

Later the names of five were sent to the CBI, while the others remained under watch.

Inputs with Mail Today

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