- This year 60 senior income tax officers have been fired due to corruption charges.
- This Friday, Government fired around 15 senior officers of Central Board of Direct Taxes.These officers were either at the post of principal commissioner of income tax or assistant commissioner.
- The decision was taken under the fundamental rule 56(J)which states that authority has right to rusticate the officer if his work efficiency is not satisfactory.
- Supreme Court has passed a statement which says that there is no need to send notice to the concerned officer before rusticating them.
The government has waged war against corruption by firing 15 more senior officers of Central Board of Direct Taxes. These officers were either holding the post of principal commissioner or assistant commissioner in the income tax department.
The decision of suspending the officers was taken under fundamental rights(56 J) , corruption charges on the officers and due to the trap laid down by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Prime Minister Modi said that his government won’t tolerate black sheep in the system of tax administration. He further said that these sheep might have misused their power in the past but now they won’t be able to do so.
Fundamental Rule(56 J)
The rule (56 J) states that the authority has absolute right to rusticate the officer if his work efficiency is not satisfactory or is accused of corruption charges.
In case of officers who have been working since the age of 35 and have attained the age of 50 years or the ones have been working for last 30 years in the office, the government will review their performances at least three months before taking the final decision.
Supreme Court has not only held the validity of the rule but also stated that there is no need to issue a notice to the officers before suspending them.