New Delhi: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), the agency that sees GST and the import tax collections – compulsorily retired 22 superintendent rank officers under Fundamental Rule 56(J) in corruption and other charges.
The action was in line with PM Modi’s address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort when he said that “some black sheep” in the tax administration had misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations. Action was being taken against them.
Notably, nine out of the 22 officers compulsorily retired had been posted at different times as Sector Officer at a single company—Ellora Tobacco Company in Indore. The other officers out of the 22 were implicated in cases of bribery, extortion, smuggling and concealment of evidence.
Previously 27 high rank Indian Revenue service (IRS) officer including 12 from CBDT, the direct taxes body, were compulsorily retired using the same rule for government employees.