12 senior tax officials ordered to retire over graft charges
The Government has compulsorily retired 12 senior officials of the Income Tax Department over serious allegations of corruption.
According to Finance Ministry sources, the 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), BB 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).
Orders issued by the Finance Ministry have quoted clause J of rule 56 of the Fundamental Rules and based on that the President retired these officials.
The compulsory retired officials will be paid a sum equivalent to the amount of pay and allowances for a period of thee months calculated at the same rate at which he/she was supposed to be drawing them immediately before his retirement.
Such an action is considered as penalty and the Government believes that it will act as deterrent for others. At present retirement age is 60 years. Loss of 10 years of service means loss in terms of the benefits and perks for that period and loss of honour for whole life.