New Delhi, April 11: The Central Bureau of Investigation has busted a racket in fake tax deducted at source (TDS) certificates thriving in eight states, including West Bengal.
The agency has registered three cases against income-tax officers, chartered accountants and lawyers.
The accused are alleged to have duped the government exchequer of Rs 87 lakh by issuing fake TDS certificates.
The CBI said the tax certificate racket covered Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Assam, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Haryana.
Eleven places in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab were searched.
Documents, including blank cheques of different banks, rubber stamps of fictitious companies, ledger showing TDS refunds, photocopies of forged certificates and income-tax files of bogus companies were found, an agency spokesperson said.
The CBI has booked five income-tax officials — R.S. Ranga, V.K. Jain, Ashok Kilayan, Anil Singla and Pawan Sharma — in an FIR for allegedly entering into a criminal conspiracy with chartered accountants S.K. Bansal, Naresh Kumar Gupta and others for filing income-tax returns of fictitious firms. Through forged TDS certificates, they had claimed a refund of Rs 43.38 lakh, the agency spokesman added.
Four other income-tax officials — M.C. Sharma, A.K. Mehta, Dharam Singh Narwal and V.K. Gupta — in connivance with the same two chartered accountants, duped the government by claiming a refund of Rs 11.97 lakh through a similar modus operandi, the CBI said.
In the third case, too, advocates Amarjit Singh and Hukum Chand Gupta — along with chartered accountant Naresh Kumar Gupta — sought the help of Ranga, Paramjit Singh, Hari Chand, Sadhu Singh and Ram Lubhava — all income-tax officials, for claiming tax refunds on the basis of fake TDS certificates. They managed to get a refund of Rs 33.37 lakh.