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CBI Court convicts Income Tax Officer for Five Years

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The Special Judge, CBI Cases, Dhanbad (Jharkhand) has sentenced Sh. Swarn Singh, then Assistant Director, Income Tax (Investigation), Dhanbad to undergo five years Rigorous Imprisonment with a fine of Rs. one lakh and Sh. Mrityunjay Kumar Chourasia, a private person to undergo five years Rigorous Imprisonment with fine of Rs. 50,000/- in a bribery case.

CBI had registered a case on 21.01.2004 U/s 120-B of IPC r/w 7, 8 and 10 of PC Act, 1988 on a complaint against Shri Swarn Singh, Assistant Director, Income Tax (Investigation), Dhanbad and Shri Mrityunjay Kumar Chourasia alias Tinku Chourasia (private person) for demanding an illegal gratification of Rs. 15,00,000/- from the complainant for showing favor in the preparation of a favorable Appraisal Report, releasing of frozen bank accounts and not causing further enquiry in the matter in which the Income Tax Department conducted raids in the business establishments, residences of the complainant and his relatives. CBI laid a trap and caught Shri Swarn Singh and Shri Mrityunjay Kumar Chourasia red handed while demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs. 1,00,000/- as 1st installment out of total bribe of Rs. 15,00,000/-.

After the investigation, a charge sheet was filed on 21.03.2005 against said accused persons U/s 120-B of IPC & Section 7 and 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of PC Act, 1988. The Trial Court found the accused guilty and convicted them.

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