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CBI arrests Deputy Commissioner Income Tax

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New Delhi: CBI today arrested a Deputy Commissioner of Income Tax at his Central Revenue Building office here for allegedly receiving a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh from an industrialist for settling tax issue. CBI sources said an IRS officer of 2008 batch M Logapathy, posted as Deputy Commissioner Income Tax here, along with an alleged middleman Hitesh Kumar, Logapathy’s personal attendant Abhishek Kumar and businessman Vikas Singla were arrested in connection with the bribery case.

The sources said the four were detained yesterday and were taken into custody early this morning after a thorough search and seizure operation during which the bribe amount was recovered by CBI. They claimed the agency has recovered property documents worth crores of rupees from Logapathy’s possession indicating his alleged connivance in many other such cases in which it suspected that he was taking one per cent of the tax demand as Commission for settling these issues. The sources said bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh was allegedly given to Logapathy by Vikas Singla, Director CBS Steel Private Limited, through advocate Hitesh Kumar in a case of alleged tax evasion.

Giving details of the operation, the sources said Kumar and Logapathy were under the scanner of the agency for quite some time and CBI was keeping an active surveillance on them listening to their conversations through phone intercepts and other means.