Crackdown on corruption: I-T department eyes its Telangana officers' financial transactions

Five officials in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, who were earlier forced to resign following charges of corruption, allegedly invested in several businesses under benami names.

Published: 04th December 2019 08:44 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th December 2019 08:44 AM   |  A+A-

corruption, bribe

For representational purposes

Express News Service

HYDERABAD: As many as 20 income tax officers (ITOs) and junior officials in Telangana may soon be in trouble for amassing illegal assets. Their financial transactions, including investments in movable and immovable properties, are being monitored by the IT department’s vigilance wing, which is cracking down on black sheep in the department.

“ITOs and staff are supposed to process IT returns, raise tax demands on those who hide taxable income and go after tax defaulters. But some officials took advantage of loopholes and misused their power to amass assets,” said a source in the IT department.

Held big fat weddings, gifted cars to relatives

These “tainted” officials work in Hyderabad, Warangal, Nizamabad and Karimnagar, the source added.

They organised big fat weddings for their children, spent huge amounts of money to buy palatial houses in and around Hyderabad, and gifted high-end cars to their relatives.

Five officials in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, who were earlier forced to resign following charges of corruption, allegedly invested in several businesses under benami names and purchased high-end cars during demonetisation, officials of the vigilance wing are understood to have learned.

Sources said that the government has directed officials of the vigilance wing to identify the tainted officers and build a case to sack them in a phased manner. In the fifth phase, at least 20 ITOs, including five officers from the Telugu states, were asked to resign months before their retirement.

Stay up to date on all the latest Telangana news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp