After learning how raids are conducted from an Income Tax (I-T) officer he was in touch with, the prime accused in the ‘fake I-T raid case’ in Malviya Nagar had told some of the other arrested accused that there was a “government scheme” that allows “citizens to accompany I-T officers on raid in lieu of Rs 5,000,” investigation has revealed.
The prime accused, Mitesh Kumar (37), and six others, were arrested earlier this month, while attempting to ‘raid’ a businessman in Malviya Nagar while posing as I-T officers.
A master’s student from Agra, Kumar came to Delhi as a civil services aspirant. In Delhi, he came in touch with an officer working in the I-T department, said a senior police officer.
This later allowed him “access” within the I-T department, where he learned the techniques pertaining to I-T raids, the officer added.
Police sources added Kumar had also made a Facebook account, in which he had written that he was an I-T officer, and his friend list comprised over 2,000 people, “including journalists, I-T officers and other senior gazetted officers”.
A senior police officer said, “He received information about the money that the businessman in Malviya Nagar had kept at his house. He hatched a plan to “raid him”, and lured the others, including two mobile shopkeepers, to join him. He convinced them that there was a government scheme, wherein common people could assist I-T officers and get Rs 5,000 each in return.”
Maintaining that so far they have not found any involvement of I-T officer in the case, police said they are “verifying the events that led to the businessman’s house being targeted”.
The I-T department, meanwhile, confirmed that there is no such scheme, wherein a common man can help in a raid and get money.
An official told The Indian Express, “Money is only given to informers. No officer below the rank of inspector is allowed to go for raids.”
Ahead of the raid, Kumar had also managed to procure a forged ID card of an Assistant Commissioner-rank officer, police said.
“He prepared two of his friends, Yogender Kumar (32), Govind Sharma (45), for the ‘raid’ and planned the entire thing. Three others, Amit Aggarwal (35) and Parvinder (21), Naunyal (45) and Kailash (30) were roped in later,” said a senior police officer.
Parvinder was asked to arrange a vehicle for the raid, said sources, adding that he had assured them “more money, once the raid was completed”. None of the six arrested till now, including Kumar, have been found to have police records, confirmed the source.
Before the raid, the six had carried out a recce of the house – one sat in a nearby park to keep a track of those present in the house, said a source, while adding that the six later reached the house in two cards – a Tata Safari and a Honda City.
They conducted a search in the house for two hours and collected Rs 20 lakh in cash that they kept in their cars. But their “manner” had aroused suspicion, which eventually culminated in their arrest.
Police suspect that the Rs 20 lakh that Kumar had stashed in his car was for him and his two aides, while the rest “received Rs 5,000 each”.