CBI seizes 17 hard drives, records statements in connection with sacked I-T Commissioner Sanjay Srivastava case
Trouble seems to be mounting for sacked Income Tax Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Srivastava as the Central Bureau of Investigation has seized 17 hard drives in connection to the case lodged against him by the agency.
The CBI had earlier registered a case against former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sanjay Kumar Srivastava along with others, on charges of cheating, forgery and undue advantages during his tenure as commissioner of I-T (Appeals) in Noida.
On Tuesday, the CBI examined key persons in connection with the case which the agency believes may have knowledge about Srivastava’s alleged corrupt practices.
“We have seized 17 hard drives from the office of Srivastava’s CA KP Garg. The hard drives have been sent for scientific examinations. We have also examined around 4 persons in the case who may be aware of Srivastava’s illegal practices. We believe that more cases will come in light during the investigation,” said a CBI source.
Earlier, the CBI during it search operation against sacked income tax officer Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, had recovered jewellery worth Rs 2.47 crore, Rs 16.44 lakh cash, watches worth Rs 10 lakh and multiple property documents worth crores of rupees.
The CBI said Rs 1.30 crore of bank deposits in the name of SK Srivastava as well as his family members, incriminating documents related to two immovable assets and a bank locker have also been recovered during the raid.
The CBI also carried out searches at four locations in Delhi, five in Ghaziabad, one in Noida and two in Muradnagar. The searches were carried out at Srivastava’s official residence at Pandara Road in Delhi, residence of one of his private associate, residence of two Charted Accountant Anil Prahalad Kumar and KP Garg (Garg Brother And Associate) and boutique of his wife at Vasant Vihar in New Delhi.
K Srivastava, the IRS officer, was sacked by the government on June 10 along with other 11 tax officials.
The CBI had booked Sanjay Kumar Srivastava for allegedly passing backdated appeal orders to obtain undue benefits.
It is alleged that Sanjay Kumar Srivastava as Commissioner, Income Tax (Appeals), Noida passed 104 backdated orders in June, 2019 — the month he was given forced retirement by the government, the officials said.
The agency had booked him under the Indian Penal Code sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery besides provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act for obtaining undue favours.
Besides this, Srivastava is also facing accusations of sexually harassing two female officials of I-T department.
source – indian today