January 5, 2011 7:19:15 am
The Anti-Corruption branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seized assets worth over Rs 1 crore from an income tax officer who was arrested on Monday under Prevention of Corruption Act.
Nazira Azim Sayyed (60),who was attached with Pune IT office,was produced before special judge J D Kulkarni on Tuesday along with two other accused Rajjak Ahmed Mulani (42),a tax consultant,and S Madhavan (45),senior tax assistant also with Pune IT office. The three are in police custody till Friday. She retired on December 31,2010.
According to CBI special public prosecutor Vivek Saxena,The CBI seized fixed deposit receipts amounting to Rs 66.13 lakh,cash amounting Rs 28.86 lakh and bank balance of Rs 20 lakh. We have to interrogate Sayyed regarding the source of acquisition of these assets. We have also seized documents regarding calculations of income of the complainant for assessment from Mulanis office. The CBI had tapped phone conversation between the complainant and the three accused persons regarding the demand and acceptance of bribe.
A case was registered against them on January 1 following a complaint lodged by A H Inamdar,an agriculture officer from the state government. The accused demanded a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from him for his assessment of income tax return of 2008-09. It was revealed that Madhavan also joined the conspiracy with Sayyed and Mulani and demanded his share in the bribe amount.
According to CBI,a trap was laid on Monday when Madhavan was caught red-handed while accepting Rs 25,000,while the remaining amount of Rs 75,000 was to be paid on Tuesday. The CBI requested seven-day police custody for the three,citing that they were giving evasive replies during interrogation about the alleged crime.
Advocate Pratap Pardeshi,counsel for Sayyed and Mulani,argued before the court that Sayyeds assets were a result of savings over years. She is single and she retired on December 31,2010. The assets have been accumulated out of her recurring savings, he said. As far as Mulani was concerned,Pardeshi said the CBI did not find anything objectionable in his house and that there was nothing to be recovered from him.
Advocate Alankar Karlekar,who appeared for Madhavan,argued that the CBI recovered only Rs 4,000 from his house and that he was ready to cooperate with the CBI for investigation.
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