The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested a dismissed Jalandhar zonal income tax officer,Harminder Vant Singh Deol,for allegedly embezzling funds to the tune of Rs 2.75 crore. According to CBI officials,Deol along with other officers and private players had allegedly diverted pension funds meant for retired income tax officials to their personal accounts.
The CBI officials told Chandigarh Newsline that eight beneficiaries,including Deol,were involved in the scam. The CBI had earlier arrested three accused,while four are yet to be interrogated. Deol was rounded up by the CBI at 11.30 am,when he went to meet his father Updeep Singh in Sector 38.
Even after being dismissed,Deol continued to use a red beacon on his car with Deputy Commissioner Income Tax Department printed on the registration number plate. Deol,who came in a white Mahindra Xylo to his fathers residence,had a sticker on the windscreen of his car with Indian Revenue Service printed on it. The CBI officials told Chandigarh Newsline that the other four beneficiaries had been identified and efforts were being made to locate them.
According to the CBI,a case was registered against Deol on October 4,2012 leading to his dismissal from the post. The other three accomplices – Subhash Solanki,a zonal income tax officer,Saleel Kumar Aggarwal and Ram Keval Yadav,both private beneficiaries – were arrested on June 24 by the CBI. Sources in the agency told Chandigarh Newsline that Solanki had made a payment from the pension funds to Aggarwal and Yadav in a property deal.