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Income tax officer infected with COVID-19 commits suicide ahead of jail term

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An income tax officer, who tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the Rajasthan University of Health Services (RUHS) hospital, committed suicide by hanging himself to death. His body was found by the security guard in a ward on the sixth floor of the hospital early morning on Monday.

Vinay Kumar Mangla, 45, was arrested in 2016 for accepting a bribe in a case in Jhalawar and since then was under suspension. A court had sentenced him to imprisonment on January 22. Before taking him to jail, the officer’s COVID-19 test was taken and he tested positive. He was admitted to the hospital on January 22 and was put in a special ward for COVID-19 patients in the RUHS hospital in Jaipur.

Income tax officer last seen at 4 am

The security guard had last seen him in the corona ward at 4 am on Monday. Then after some time, it was found that using a bedsheet, the I-T officer hanged himself from a fan in one of the wards.

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He was the lone patient in the ward. The hospital administration informed the police and his family in Kota.

Bribery case

Mangla belonged to Kota and when he was posted in Jhalawar, he was involved in taking bribery from a petrol pump owner for not issuing the income tax demand for the assessment year 2014-15.

It was decided between the petrol pump owner and the deceased that the owner will give him an updated cheque of Rs 1 lakh for doing the favour. Later, the owner informed the CBI about the bribe. The CBI raided his residence and found 1.5 kilos of gold. The agency also recovered Rs 25 lakh in cash from his residence.

Mangla is survived by his wife and two sons. He was probably under depression ever since he was arrested on bribe charges. It is the second case of suicide in the RUHS hospital. In July last year, a coronavirus infected patient, who was a teacher, committed suicide by jumping from the sixth floor.

 

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