Person nabbed with Charity Commissioner in Bribery Case is not CA: ICAI

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While clarifying the rumors of arrest of a Chartered Accountant along with the Charity Commissioner in Surat is not a CA registered with ICAI, said the Surat branch of Western India Regional Council (WIRC) of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

The ICAI has clarified that Manish Pachhigar, the person caught accepting bribe along with the assistant charity commissioner, is not a chartered accountant as he claimed to be.

The President of Surat branch of WIRC-ICAI, Mihir Thakkar told TOI, “Pachhigar does not have a CA degree and he falsely represented himself as a CA. Even the police did not check credentials of the arrested person, which has caused irreparable damage to the CA community. There are over 3,000 chartered accountants registered with ICAI and only 800 are the practising CAs.”

Last day, the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) sleuths nabbed an assistant charity commissioner and a chartered accountant when they accepted a bribe of Rs75,000 here on Tuesday. The accused had demanded the bribe to approve changes in the names of working committee members and trustees of a registered trust.

The CAs affiliated with ICAI have asked the public, trade and industry, not to utilize services of persons impersonating as CA and are not members of the ICAI.

“We have also suggested to take strong action against non-members representing themselves as CAs and sought the amendment of Section 24 of the Chartered Accountant Act, 1949, by imposing exemplary penalty for falsely claiming to be a member and using the CA logo” said Thakkar.