The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday registered an FIR against three officials of the Income Tax (IT) department for cheating crores of rupees by facilitating fraud in tax deducted at source (TDS) refunds, news agency PTI reported.
Three Group C IT officers were posted in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar and misused the RSA authentication tokens of senior officials to launder over Rs 1.3 crore.
According to the department, the scam came to light when an Assessing Officer looked into the computation of refunds for taxpayers under Section 154 of the IT Act.
The accused officers had managed to authenticate and generate fake TDS refunds payable to 11 taxpayers by misusing the RSA tokens of the Assessing Officers. He made a notional refund of Rs 1.39 crore from August 1, 2020 to August 25, 2021.
Reportedly, the scam was done using the old AST (Assessment Information System) and not through ITBS (Income Tax Business Application System).
The CBI has registered a case against the trio on the basis of a complaint by the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Muzaffarnagar. After the complaint, the investigating agency conducted searches at many places. An inquiry was opened against Group C officials identified as Saurabh Singh, Rohit Kumar and Abhay Kant along with nine beneficiaries.
The IT department informed that “out of the total amount forfeited, about Rs 35 lakh was deposited back into the government accounts by the accused officials as taxes against the demand of Rs 22 lakh assessed through coercive action against the beneficiaries.” was recovered by the authorities.”
“The total recovery by way of attachment of accounts of the assessees by the employees involved in the scam or by the Assessing Officers so far comes to Rs 57.31 lakh. The total outstanding amount, including interest, is calculated at Rs 94.39 lakh,” the complaint alleged, The department said.