Why are some in Revenue Dept. & CBDT trying to save 2 tainted IRS officers?
Some officers in the Finance Ministry’s Revenue Department and Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) are playing a diabolical game to save their old boss P Chidambaram and NDTV’s owner Prannoy Roy by saving the two lady IRS officers who are caught for accepting bribes or benefits from NDTV, while one officer’s husband was a journalist in NDTV. The very latest is that Finance Ministry’s Revenue Department and CBDT top officers including Member (Admn) P C Modi is trying to close the criminal prosecution case against lady IRS officers Sumana Sen and Ashima Neb. Sumana Sen was caught for helping NDTV in Income matters when she was in Tax circle head of NDTV and her husband Abhisar Sharma was a journalist in NDTV.
The frauds to save NDTV and the bribes and benefits earned by the lady IRS Income Tax officer and her colleague was exposed by whistleblower Income Tax Commissioner SK Srivastava, who faced the then Finance Minister Chidambaram’s wrath.
Later all false cases foisted against Srivastava on the orders of Chidambaram lost in all courts and as per the strong directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Finance Department was forced to issue Sanction for Prosecution against these two lady officers. Sensing that this would be an imminent danger for them, Chidambaram and Prannoy Roy are lobbying in Finance Ministry’s Revenue Department and the CBDT.
The Revenue Department, currently headed by A B Pandey, and CBDT’s Member (Admn) P C Modi are behind the attempts to close down the criminal prosecution against lady IRS officers Ashima Neb and Sumana Sen and her controversial journalist husband Abhisar Sharma. If the criminal prosecution starts, the case would reach the doorsteps of Chidambaram and Prannoy Roy. It is a billion-dollar question as to how these officers are trying to close down the criminal prosecution after Sanction for Prosecution was granted as per the strong orders of none other the Prime Minister.
The CBDT and its Member (Admn) P C Modi who is hoping to be appointed Chairman, CBDT very soon, is scared that once criminal cases are filed by the Income Tax Department against bribe-taking tax-evader IRS officers Sumana Sen & Ashima Neb & journalist Abhisar Sharma for not paying the tax on bribe received by them from NDTV Ltd.; no one, not even Chidambaram could save NDTV Ltd., Prannoy Roy and Radhika Roy. If criminal prosecution starts, automatically the case will go to the top people. This case clearly shows that Chidambaram had aided and abetted these bribe taking officers.
Shumana Sen had lost the case in Delhi High Court. The Judgment is published below the article along with the Sanction for Prosecution against these two officers.
Income Tax law prescribes criminal prosecution for not paying taxes on bribes received & as IRS officers Shumana Sen, Ashima Neb, and journalist Abhisar Sharma had not paid due taxes on the bribes paid to them by NDTV; Income Tax Dept. is correctly attempting to file criminal cases against them. The matter was considered in detail by Ashok Kumar, Principle Commissioner, Delhi who by his Sanction Order dated 30.03.2017, yes, 21 months ago, sanctioned criminal prosecution of bribe-taking tax-evader IRS officers Sumana Sen & Ashima Neb & journalist Abhisar Sharma for not paying the tax on bribe received by them from NDTV Ltd. and sanction once-given cannot be withdrawn come what may.
But in his desperation to save NDTV Ltd. & P. Chidambaram who can be saved only if the corrupt IRS officers and Abhisar Sharma are saved, P C Modi has been for about 10 days pressuring Principal Commissioner Anil Kumar, IRS to act illegally & either destroy the Govt. file or to cancel the sanction given by his predecessor.
Overreach by P C Modi
The illegality of act & conduct of P C Modi, who is expecting to become Chairman CBDT leapfrogging his senior by one batch (Sri Aditya Vikram, IRS 1981) is writ large as criminal prosecutions under Income Tax law are not dealt with by Member (Admn), CBDT but by Member (Investigation), CBDT. Sri Sushil Chandra (IRS 1980) is the Member (Investigation), CBDT & only he is competent in law to ask for any report in the matter of criminal prosecution of bribe-taking tax-evader IRS officers Sumana Sen & Ashima Neb & journalist Abhisar Sharma for not paying the tax on bribe received by them from NDTV Ltd. but is not even aware of the machinations of Member (Admn), CBDT P C Modi. It would take no cake or prize to find out who could have got the mischievous CBDT Circular issued on 31.12.2018 to save the mother & son in National Herald-AJL fraud case.
Things were moving along well for P. Chidambaram & NDTV till yesterday. But, to their horror, S.K. Srivastava, IRS got wind of the fraud being played in the CBDT & met the Chief Commissioner [Ms. Geetmala Mohnani, IRS 1985] & protested on Friday over the sheer illegal attempt to hush up the case & all hell broke loose. Immediately, Sumana Sen & Ashima Neb were dispatched to Revenue Secretary A.B. Pandey [IAS 1984 Maharashtra] to run their record-breaking one-act play of having been sexually harassed, sexually assaulted, molested & raped by S.K. Srivastava, IRS & in return of which they should be allowed to take bribe from NDTV Ltd. & evade tax on that bribe & by evening Member (Admn), CBDT, P C Modi had issued fatwa that Income Office would remain open on Saturday, 19th January though being a closed holiday & a report would be submitted by the Income Tax Dept. by 10 AM in the morning to close the criminal case against Sumana Sen, Ashima Neb & Abhisar Sharma.
Principal Commissioner Bala (IRS 1990) was promptly sent to the house of Anil Kumar [IRS 1985] to ask him to submit the desired Report to the Revenue Secretary by 10 AM on Saturday, 19th January 2019. A thoroughly annoyed Anil Kumar proceeded on leave leaving Principle Commissioner Bala to somehow arrange junior officers to do the job.
A simple question arises – if bribe taking tax-evader IRS officers Sumana Sen & Ashima Neb & journalist Abhisar Sharma are not guilty of not paying the tax on bribe received by them from NDTV Ltd. why are they running scared? Because they can always tell the Court their story & get acquitted but once bitten twice shy & having been twice bitten, remember High Court Order & Supreme Court Order quoted above, who can take a chance? So, P C Modi, whom P Chidambaram through his crony Arbind Modi has assured to be made Chairman, CBDT in the last week of this month has decided to do the hatchet job himself & not take the grave risk of letting the matter reach Court.
The Dept. of Revenue & the CBDT can have any number of honest & upright IRS officers but a serial scamster like Chidambaram & habitual fraudster like Prannoy Roy is born once in a thousand years & therefore, CBDT feels compelled to save & protect NDTV, P Chidambaram tax-evader IRS officers Sen, Neb & journalist Abhisar Sharma for not paying the tax on bribe received by them from NDTV Ltd.
Law is the cheapest commodity in the Department of Revenue & the CBDT. Will Revenue Secretary A B Pandey stand up and be counted or would go the way of his illustrious seniors Ashok Chawla, IAS & Ashok Jha, IAS, now facing prosecution along with their boss Chidambaram in Aircel-Maxis case? Only time would tell.
The Delhi High Court Judgment and Sanction for Prosecution against the two lady IRS officers is published below:
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