False tax refunds: CBI registers case against I-T officer, bank officials | India News

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case against Income Tax officer, bank officials and private persons to probe alleged racket where suspects claimed false refunds from the tax department by manipulating electronic records.

CBI says that the money was fraudulently refunded in the accounts of those persons who were not entitled to the Income Tax refunds.

The agency has booked an Income Tax Officer – Sanjeev Kumar, posted in Lucknow, a former senior tax assistant – Rakesh Kumar Singh, former daily wages employee – Anand Kanojia and unknown others in its FIR registered on Thursday.

A preliminary enquiry was first registered in the matter in March this year, which revealed that fake income tax refunds were prepared by Kumar, Singh, Kanojia and another person Anand Bajpai (now expired) by using PAN numbers of 13 tax assesses.

Kumar and Singh fed fake ITRs in computer system and processed the same by using remote sensing application token, known as RSA Token, which is basically an electronic device sensitive in nature issued to officers of Income Tax to have access on their working system.

The accused persons had allowed refunds and raised fake advices worth Rs 9.16 lakh in the name of 13 tax assesses, which were sent to State Bank of India, Hyderabad, for further issuance of cheques.

“Actually, none of the 13 tax assesses claimed any refund nor did they submit any application for rectification of their ITR,” the CBI says.

The agency says that the accused persons opened several bank accounts to deposit 13 fraudulently generated income tax refunds for the assessment year 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

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The addresses mentioned in the bank accounts do not exist and KYC documents submitted by accused persons at the time of opening account in the banks were found to be forged.

The money was later withdrawn by accused persons using ATM cards.