President orders retirement of 12 Income tax officials over allegation of corruption

Ram Nath Kovind

With the aim of removing corrupt officials from service, President Ram Nath Kovind has ordered the retirement of 12 senior officials of the Ministry of Finance to be effective from today afternoon.

President orders retirement of 12 Income tax officials over allegation of corruption

“In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (j) of rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules, the President of India has retired 12 Officers of the Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax) in public interest with immediate effect from the afternoon of June 11, 2019 on completing 50 years of age,” the Finance Ministry said.

The Government compulsorily retired officials of Income Tax Department, including Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner, over serious allegations of corruption.

According to Finance Ministry sources, list of officials include Ram Kumar Bhargawa (Assistant Commissioner, Lucknow), Alok Kumar Mitra (Commissioner, Kochi), Sanjay Kumar Srivastava (Commissioner, Noida), Arulappa B (Commissioner, Kochi), Ajoy Kumar Singh (Commissioner, Kolkata), B B Rajendra Prasad (Commissioner, Gujarat), Homi Rajvansh (Commissioner, Tamil Nadu), Swetabh Suman (Commissioner-under suspension, Guwahati), Andasu Ravindar (Additional Commissioner, Bhuwaneshwar), Vivek Batra (Additional Commissioner, Tamil Nadu), Ashok Kumar Aggarwal (Joint Commissioner, New Delhi) and Chander Sain Bharti (Additional Commissioner, Allahabad).

The 12 officers are to be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of pay and allowances for a period of three months at the same rate at which they would have received immediately before their retirement.

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