The central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sacked 22 more Income Tax officers facing charges of corruption. This, according to reports, is a part of the Centre’s drive to clean up the Income Tax department.
“The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) has compulsorily retired yet another 22 senior officers of the rank of Superintendent/Administrative Officer under Fundamental Rule 56 (J)… due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps,” Hindustan Times quoted a statement from the CBIC.
This follows the government’s decision to force 15 ‘very senior officers of the ranks of Principal Commissioner, Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC)’ to retire under Rule 56 (j) last month.
This had come just days after the finance ministry led by Nirmala Sitharaman ordered the retirement of 12 senior government officers, including a chief commissioner, principal commissioners and commissioner of the Income Tax Department.
Many corporate bigwigs had recently complained of what they said was ‘tax terrorism’ by Income Tax officials. The ongoing crackdown is being seen as the government’s efforts to punish the black sheep in the department, trying to harass taxpayers by issuing them notices and summons in a bid to extort money from them.
Sitharaman had said that all such notices, summons and orders by the income-tax authorities will be issued through a centralised computer system from 1 October. These notices and summons will also carry a computer-generated Unique Document Identification Number.