The government on Friday compulsorily retired 15 tax officers due to corruption and other charges, taking the tally of tax officers who have been asked to step down to 64 so far.
The senior officers who were asked to retire by the Central Board of Direct Taxes include those in the rank of principal chief commissioner, additional commissioner, joint commissioner, commissioner and assistant commissioner, sources said.
The government initiated the action under fundamental rule 56 (J) in public interest due to corruption and other charges and CBI traps. This rule empowers the government to terminate “in public interest” services of officers who are over 50 years and face serious charges. This is the fourth list of officers to have been compulsorily retired.
It is in line with what PM Modi had said in his address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort and also in an interview. “Some black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations. We have recently taken the bold step of compulsorily retiring a significant number of tax officials, and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour,” the PM had said.
Earlier this year, the government had asked 49 high ranking tax officers to compulsorily retire. Of the 15 officers, majority of them had cases registered by the CBI and others had disproportionate asset cases.
Of the 15 officers compulsorily retired, majority of them had cases registered by the CBI while others had disproportionate assets cases