New Delhi: The Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC), has compulsorily retired 22 senior officers of the rank of Superintendent/AO under Fundamental Rule 56 (J) in the public interest, due to corruption and other charges on Monday.
The decision to sack these officials came after Prime Minister’s address to the nation on Independence Day. “Some black sheep in the tax administration may have misused their powers and harassed taxpayers, either by targeting honest assesses or by taking excessive action for minor or procedural violations,” he had said.
“We have recently taken the bold step of compulsorily retiring a significant number of tax officials, and we will not tolerate this type of behaviour,” a CBIC official said.
Earlier in June, high-ranking Indian Revenue Service officers including 12 officers from the Central Board of Direct Taxes were compulsorily retired.