New Delhi : The central government has sacked 22 tax officials accused of corruption and other malpractice as crack down on errant bureaucracy continues . Since June, this is the third round of sacking of corrupt tax officials.
The Central Board of Indirect taxes and Customs (CBIC) – the agency that overseas GST and imports tax collections – compulsorily retired 22 superintendent rank officers under Fundamental Rule 56(J) on corruption and other charges, official sources said.
Previously 27 high ranking Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officers including 12 from CBDT – the direct taxes body, were compulsorily retired using the same rule for government employees. Sources said, the action was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort when he said 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 behavior,” a highly placed source on condition of anonymity said.
The officials retired include 11 from Nagpur and Bhopal Zone, most of whom are accused of connivance for facilitating clandestine manufacturing and clearance of cigarettes by an Indore based company. One official each is from Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Meerut and Chandigarh zones while two each are from Mumbai, Jaipur and Bengaluru Zones.