Ahmedabad Court hands down 3-Year Sentence to Income Tax Officer and Inspector booked for Demanding and Accepting Bribe for Settling Income Tax Returns

Former Income Tax Officer and Inspector Sentenced to 3 Years for Accepting Bribe in Ahmedabad, While Madurai Court Hands 3-Year RI to Individuals Involved in Bank Loan Fraud
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Ahmedabad CBI Special Judge Court and Madurai Chief Judicial Magistrate have pronounced three years’ Rigorous Imprisonment ( RI ) and imposed a combined fine of Rs. 1.70 lakh in two separate cases investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI ). The convicts include a former Income Tax Officer ( ITO ), an Inspector of Income Tax, and three private persons.

The Special Judge for CBI cases in Ahmedabad has sentenced Shri Mahesh Kantilal Sompura, then ITO, and Shri Mukesh Ramniklal Raval, then Inspector of Income Tax, both from Ward-6(1), Ahmedabad, to three years’ RI with a total fine of Rs. 50,000/- each. The charges stemmed from their demand and acceptance of a bribe for favorably settling Income Tax Returns for the Assessment year 2009-10.

The CBI registered the case on 19.08.2011 based on a complaint, alleging an illegal gratification demand of Rs. 1,75,000/- for settling the scrutiny of the complainant’s and his wife’s Income Tax Returns. The accused were caught red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs. 50,000/-. The Trial Court found them guilty, leading to the sentencing.

In a separate case, the Chief Judicial Magistrate in Madurai sentenced three private individuals to three years’ RI with a total fine of Rs. 70,000/- in a CBI case related to fraudulent bank loan practices and defaulting on repayment.

The CBI initiated the case on 24.07.2014 against Sh. S.P.K. Selvam and others for availing a loan from Indian Overseas Bank (IOB), Meenakshi College Branch, Madurai, under the Swarna Jayanti Shahar Rozgar Yojana(SJSRY) scheme from 2009 to 2012. The borrowers were alleged to have defaulted on the repayment, causing a loss of approximately Rs. 29.98 lakh to the bank.

After investigation, the CBI filed a chargesheet against private individuals for offenses including conspiracy, cheating, forgery of documents, and using forged documents as genuine. The Chief Judicial Magistrate convicted and sentenced Sh. S.P.K. Selvam to 3 years’ RI with a fine of Rs. 50,000/-, and Sh. C. Jagdeeswaran and Smt. K. Sathiya to three years RI with a fine of Rs. 10,000/- each. Sh. S. Chinnasamy, one of the accused, passed away during the trial, resulting in the abatement of charges against him.

These convictions underscore the commitment of the judicial system in combating corruption and financial fraud, sending a strong message against malpractices in public service and financial transactions.

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