CAT stays sacking of 2 tax officials; Centre moves court

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New Delhi, June 27 (IANS) The Central Administrative Tribunal has stayed the compulsory retirement of two Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) officials but the decision has not gone well with the government, as the Centre has approached the Calcutta High Court against the order.

The two were among the 15 CBIC officials against whom the government took action on July 18 on charges ranging from demanding bribe and criminal conspiracy to financial impropriety.

The Calcutta High Court will hear the matter on Friday.

The government has also transferred A.K. Patnaik, Member and HoD, Calcutta Bench of Central Administrative Tribunal, who passed the stay order.

Patnaik has been transferred to the Hyderabad bench of the tribunal. The Calcutta bench of CAT stayed the termination order of customs and central excise officers G. Shree Harsha and Ashok R. Mahida on June 25 and Patnaik was transferred on June 26 with immediate effect.

Harsha, a 1991 Indian Revenue Service office, was the commissioner, AADG DGPM Chennai. He was involved in a disproportionate assets case to the tune of Rs 2.24 crore and the CBI had laid a trap to catch him.

Ashok R Mahida, an Additional Commissioner at DG Systems Kolkata, was also involved in a CBI case of Rs 20 lakhs and a disproprotionate asset case to the tune of Rs 4.52 crore.

–IANS

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