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Srivastava's nemesis catches up with him

By IndianMandarins- 08 Jul 2019


The Karmic law of "as you sow, so you reap" has overtaken IT Commissioner S K Srivastava known for ruining the careers of many of his peers. In particular, he ruined the career of B K Jha, a 1983 batch IRS officer who has been known for his benevolence, professionalism, and simplicity. But Srivastava made an issue of something very petty challengeable in court. Seniors say that it was a very petty issue but somehow Jha's empanelment as PCCIT was marred.


Further, the empanelment of 1999 batch IRS IT officers is still on hold as he had implicated two lady officers Shumna and Ashima Neb. Due to these cases, the entire batch has been suffering despite the DPC. The 1999 batch is happy after his suspension under 56J in July first week.


Further, after the CBI and IT raid at 13 places associated with Srivastava, cadre officers feel a sigh of relief. Srivastava had even dragged the Finance Ministry in many controversies. He was considered such a nuisance that various senior even counseled Indianmandarins not to pick up cudgels against him.


As Srivasatava's deeds reached the critical threshold of Karma, his nemesis set in. 

Last week, the CBI registered a case U/s 120-B, 420, 468 of IPC and Section 7 of P.C.Act 1988 (As amended in 2018), against the then Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeal)-I, Noida with the additional charge of Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeal)-II Noida and others.


A CBI release said that it was alleged that the accused while posted as CIT (A)-I Noida with the additional charge of CIT (A)-II, Noida purportedly decided about 104 Income Tax appeals in the month of December 2018, while they were actually decided in the month of June 2019. The said accused allegedly passed orders in 13 cases which were beyond his jurisdiction and the orders passed in the appeals were uploaded in the Income Tax ITBA system (using his RSA token) between 11/06/2019 to 13/06/2019, after demission of office by the said Commissioner. It was further alleged that the dispatch records of the office were also manipulated to allude towards dispatch of the orders on 7/06/2019, whereas they were actually dispatched on 14/06/2019.


The release added that searches have been conducted at the residence and office of the then Commissioner of Income Tax which have led to the recovery of incriminating documents, articles and electronic evidence. Apart from this, jewelry worth Rs.2.47 crore(approx); Cash amount of Rs.16.14 lakh (approx); watches worth Rs.10 lakh (approx) and balance of more than Rs.1.30 crore(approx) in bank accounts of the accused and his family members were found. A Bank locker surfaced during the investigation is being operated. Searches have also been carried out at the premises of certain other private persons.

It said further investigation is continuing.

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