GUWAHATI, April 12 - The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against two Income Tax officials, two chartered accountants and an owner of a private firm for creating a nexus to evade a whopping amount of tax dues.
Based on an FIR, sleuths of the CBI conducted searches in Guwahati, Jorhat, Nagaon, Shillong, Noida, Delhi and some other places linked to the private firm under the scanner, sources told this reporter.
The investigating agency recovered some incriminating documents related to the case, which are currently being examined. Cash worth Rs 40 lakh meant for the accused IT officials was also seized from a middleman.
�Searches will continue till tomorrow,� sources stated, adding that as of now no arrest has been made.
Sources even claimed that some of the accused have moved the court seeking anticipatory bail.
The accused include Dr Swetabh Suman, Commissioner of Income Tax (Audit), Guwahati, with additional charge of Jorhat; Pratap Das, Income Tax Officer (Audit), Guwahati; Ramesh Goenka, advocate and chartered accountant, Guwahati; Amit Goenka, advocate and chartered accountant, Guwahati; and Suresh Kumar Agarwalla, Director of M/s Win Power Infra Private Limited, United Hardware and Electrical Stores, Jorhat.
�Information received from a reliable source revealed that during 2017-18, Dr Swetabh Suman, Commissioner of Income Tax (Audit), Guwahati, with additional charge of Jorhat, entered into a criminal conspiracy with Pratap Das, Income Tax Officer (Audit), Guwahati, and the other accused, wherein they agreed to show undue favour to Suresh Agarwalla, Director of M/s Win Power Infra Pvt Ltd, by passing a favourable order in an appeal arising out of assessment done in respect of one of the shell company of Agarwalla,� an official statement said.
�Dr Swetabh Suman even made attempts to obtain illegal gratification to the tune of Rs 50 lakh for himself and Pratap Das through Ramesh Goenka and Amit Goenka (both advocates and chartered accountants),� said the statement.
A case has been registered against the accused.