The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Dharwad (Karnataka) has sentenced Abhishek Tripathi and Alok Tiwari, both then Income Tax officials to undergo four years rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs. 1,10,000/- each in a bribery case when posted in Belagavi.
CBI had registered the case against the said income Tax officials on the allegations of demanding illegal gratification from the Complainant for dropping prosecution proceedings initiated under Section 276-B of IT Act.
It was further alleged that Abhishek Tripathi who was working in the capacity of Income Tax Officer (TDS) in Belagavi had demanded Rs 4 lakh as bribe from the Complainant when he came to the office to enquire about the show cause notice dated 30.11.2015 issued to his company for the default of belated tax remittance. The bribe was later reduced to Rs 2.5 lakh and Abhishek Tripathi instructed the complainant to pay the amount to his colleague Alok Tiwari who in turn instructed to hand over the bribe to a private person. CBI laid a trap and caught the private person while accepting the bribe on behalf of the said officials.
After investigation, a chargesheet was filed against the said accused. The Trial Court convicted both the officials and acquitted the private person.