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Modi Govt Forcibly Retires 21 Taxmen over Corruption

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New Delhi: The government has compulsorily retired another 21 “corrupt” tax officers in the fifth tranche of its crackdown on errant officials accused of corruption and other malpractices, finance ministry sources said. With this the total number goes up to 85 this year. This is the fifth such list which has been complied by the government. Central Board of Direct Taxes has compulsorily retired these officers of the rank of ITO.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) – the agency that overseas income and corporate tax collections – compulsorily retired 21 Group B officers of the rank of Income Tax Officer under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest, due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps, they said.

Since June, this is the fifth round of sacking of corrupt tax officials.

With this, 85 officers, including 64 high ranking tax officers, have been compulsorily retired. Sources said the action was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort when he had said some black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations.

More than half of the officials retired were those who were arrested by the CBI for allegedly receiving illegal gratification. One of them was caught accepting a bribe of Rs 50,000.