Guwahati, April 13 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested four persons including two Income Tax officials in connection with a case of tax evasion and criminal conspiracy in Assam.
The premier investigating agency had arrested Dr Swetabh Suman, Commissioner of Income Tax (Audit), Guwahati from Delhi and Income Tax officer Pratap Das from Assam’s Hojai district last night in connection with the case.
CBI has registered a case against the arrested Commissioner of Income Tax, Income Tax Officer (Audit) Pratap Das along with Advocate and Chartered Accountants Ramesh Goenka, Amit Goenka and Jorhat based businessman Suresh Agarwala.
According to the CBI officials, during the year 2017-18, the Commissioner of IT agreed to show undue favours to the Jorhat based businessman by passing a favourable order in an appeal arising out of assessment done in respect of M/S Win Power Infra Pvt Ltd Director Suresh Agarwala's one shell company and Swetabh Suman by abusing official position made attempts to obtain illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for himself and Pratap Das through the Chartered Accountants.
An FIR bearing No.RC0172018A0005 dated11.4.2018 u/s7, 11 & 12 and13(2) r/w Sec 13(1)(d) of PC Act and Section 120B of IPC was registered against them.
CBI had conducted search operations in Guwahati, Jorhat, Nagaon, Delhi, Noida, Shillong, Hojai and some other places and seized Rs 40 lakh and some other incriminating documents.
The CBI had also arrested two other accused persons Advocate and Chartered Accountant Ramesh Goenka and Jorhat based businessman Suresh Agarwala in connection with the case.
Dr Swetabh Suman was earlier booked by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case in 2005 as he was allegedly threatening witnesses and tampering with evidence.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)