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The investigation agency laid a trap to arrest the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax M Jhagran while accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakhs from the complainant.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Joint Commissioner posted with Mumbai’s Income Tax department for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 5 lakhs from the complainant. The accused identified as M Jhagran has been holding the highest public service office since last couple of years.

The Joint Commissioner had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs. 30 lakhs to settle the matter of Tax Assessment of complainant’s construction firm. The bribe amount was negotiated to Rs. 25 lakhs and the accused agreed to accept Rs. 5 lakhs as first instalment at his office premises. CBI laid a trap and the Joint Commissioner of Income Tax was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs. 5 lakhs from the complainant.

The accused was arrested over a tip-off provide by one of the complainant after which the sleuths of CBI laid trap and caught Jhagran from Bandra Kurla Complex office which is the head-quarter of Mumbai’s Income Tax department.

“A case was registered on a complaint alleging therein that Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Piramal Chambers, Mumbai has re-opened his file pertaining to Income Tax Assessment and threatened CA of the complainant that the complainant should come and meet him for settling the Income Tax matter. The Joint Commissioner had allegedly demanded an alleged bribe of Rs. 30 lakhs to settle the matter of Tax Assessment of complainant’s construction firm,” the CBI said in a statement.

Searches were conducted at residential and office premises of accused which led to recovery of property documents; gold jewellery / gold coins weighing 1.5 kg (approx) and incriminating documents.

The arrested accused was produced on Friday in the competent Court, Mumbai. According to sources, Jhagran will also be probed by the authorities in disproportionate assets case which is a normal procedure any public service official has to face. Jhagran will be produced before the special CBI court on Saturday where cops are looking for his custody. CBI is probing the matter further.

On 29 August, Income Tax Commissioner Daya Shankar was arrested after being caught red-handed by the CBI for accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh. The CBI sleuths are also probing whether there is a nexus between Jhagran arrested yesterday and Shankar who was arrested in August.

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