I-T officer gets bail in bribery case

In a relief to suspended Additional Commissioner of Income Tax C S Bharti,a CBI special court granted him bail Tuesday in connection with the bribery case of Rs 30 lakh.

Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Published: May 28, 2013 5:59 am

In a relief to suspended Additional Commissioner of Income Tax C S Bharti,a CBI special court granted him bail Tuesday in connection with the bribery case of Rs 30 lakh. Bharti was arrested three months ago from his office in Gandhinagar.

Bharti was granted bail after the probe agency didn’t file the chargesheet even after 90 days of his arrest on February 25. Bharti’s lawyer R Z Sheikh said that following the completion of 90 days,an application for default bail was moved under section 167 (2) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. This provision enables an accused to get default bail.

The CBI,in its reply submitted before its judge N B Pithwa,said,“The accused has committed a serious and grave offence in a pre-planed manner and is part of a well oiled network.” Opposing the bail,the CBI further told the court to “deal with the matter in accordance with the law”.

He was granted bail on a surety of Rs 5 lakh. Bharti is an Indian Revenue Service officer of the 1994 batch. He was posted as Additional Commissioner,Gandhinagar Range,when he was trapped by the agency for demanding and accepting Rs 30 lakh from a construction firm. The CBI had alleged that Bharti had demanded Rs 50 lakh as bribe to pass an assessment order in the construction firm’s favour.

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