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Suman was under CBI scanner for long


GUWAHATI, April 13 - Controversial Guwahati-based Income Tax Commissioner Swetabh Suman, who was arrested today by CBI, is a �habitual offender� and was under constant scanner of the country�s leading investigating agency for almost a decade.

Despite being a senior income tax officer, he was in the thick of controversy during his earlier postings in Dehradun and Muzzafarnagar as well, for his poor conduct in his official capacity.

�In fact, his movement and activities were monitored wherever he was posted since 2006-07,� sources told The Assam Tribune.

Suman, a 1988 Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, was even accused of offering bribe to a judge of special court, CBI, to influence a judgment, when he was posted as the Income Tax Commissioner (Appeal) at Muzzafarnagar.

The IRS officer, who was posted in the Guwahati Aayakar Bhawan in 2015, was even charge-sheeted by the CBI.

It had even registered a case against him in 2005 under various Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code for possessing assets worth several lakhs of rupees between April 1, 1997 and March 31, 2004.

The CBI, during the course of its investigation, has stumbled upon information which indicate towards him amassing huge amount of assets disproportionate to his known source of income.

The CBI, in its charge-sheet filed in 2010, also alleged that Suman, during his postings at various places, had purchased moveable and immovable assets which were disproportionate to his known source of income.

Investigators also claimed that the senior IRS officer had purchased several plots in the name of his close relatives and some other persons as well.

It was also alleged that during his posting at Dehradun, Suman had even removed documents pertaining to complaints lodged against him at the office of the Chief Commissioner of Income Tax.

In fact, the Ministry of Finance had even placed him under suspension after he got entangled in income tax related issues.

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