BENGALURU: The CBI Special Court on Friday convicted former Income Tax commissioner V P Shamsuddin for giving tax relief to three people unlawfully. He was handed down three years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of `3 lakh. The conviction came after a 16-year-long trial.
Judge Aswatha Narayana convicted Shamsuddin (63), residing on Victoria Road in the city, under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. The CBI registered an FIR on September 21, 1999, against the accused.
Shamsuddin was working as commissioner of Income Tax-Appeals. The nature of his job was the same as that of a judge in the courts. By abusing his position, he officially favoured Jose Alexander and Johnson Alexander, Indiranagar, by giving tax relief to the tune of `3 lakh and causing huge loss to the Income Tax Department by passing orders unlawfully and illegally. He also benefited from the said illegal acts,” the court said.
The court noted that though it is the sacrosanct duty of Shamsuddin to prevent evasion of tax, he has colluded with the two other accused for the purpose of giving tax relief to them illegally. The offence committed by him is grave, the court said.