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CBDT retires 21 tax officers on charges of graft, bribery

More than half of the officers have been charged by CBI in cases of “illegal gratification”, sources said. One of them was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 65,00,000, while another official is accused of having been a part of criminal conspiracy.

One of them was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 65,00,000, while another official is accused of having been a part of criminal conspiracy.

In another round of compulsory retirement of tax officers, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) Tuesday retired 21 Group B officials on charges of corruption and bribery under Fundamental Rule 56(J), taking the total number of tax officers compulsorily retired to 85 this year.

More than half of the officers have been charged by CBI in cases of “illegal gratification”, sources said. One of them was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 65,00,000, while another official is accused of having been a part of criminal conspiracy.

Officials who have been compulsorily retired were posted in places such as Rajahmundry, Visahakapatnam, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Hazaribagh, Rajkot, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Sawai Madhopur, Ujjain and Bhopal.

This is the fifth round of compulsory retirement of tax officials. In the previous four rounds, 64 high ranking tax officers were compulsorily retired under Fundamental Rule 56(J) this year.

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Earlier in June, the government had compulsorily retired 15 senior customs and central excise officials, including one of the rank of Principal Additional Director General (ADG) and in another round had sacked 12 income tax officers, including one of the rank of the joint commissioner on the charges of graft. In August, the government compulsorily retired 22 CBIC officers.

A similar action under Rule 56 (J) was taken by the government in May 2016 when 33 officials of the Revenue Services, including seven Group; officers, were prematurely retired for non-performance under Rule 56 (j) of CCS (Pension) Rules.

The Rule 56(J) of Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972 provides for periodical review of the performance of government servants with a view to ascertain whether they should be retained in service or retired from service in public interest.

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As per these instructions, the cases of Government servants covered by FR 56(J), 56(1) or Rule 48(1) (b) of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 should be reviewed six months before they attain the age of 50-55 years, in cases covered by FR 56(J) and on completion of 30 years of qualifying service under FR 56(1) or Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972.

First published on: 27-11-2019 at 04:47:40 am
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