IT officer nabbed during vigilance week

Mumbai, Nov 1 (IANS) The CBI has arrested a woman income-tax officer of Thane for allegedly demanding a bribe of Rs.600,000 from a person to bypass scrutiny of income-tax returns, the agency said here Thursday.

The woman officer, whose identity has not yet been declared, was nabbed during the anti-corruption Vigilance Week being observed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). She was produced before a special court Thursday in Thane and remanded to custody till Nov 3, an official said.

According to the CBI official she had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs.600,000 and had accepted Rs.150,000 as advance Wednesday.

The complainant alleged that in September, she had demanded Rs.250,000 to avoid scrutiny of the IT returns.

However, a month later, she hiked the bribe amount to Rs.600,000 on grounds that a survey notice had already been served and if the money was not paid, the complainant's company would be "surveyed", the official said.

The complainant agreed to pay the advance and the rest within a week, after which he alerted the CBI sleuths who laid a trap and arrested her.

During raids carried out at her office and residence in Thane, the CBI has recovered incriminating documents pertaining to investments made by the accused officer.