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HC Orders CBI Probe to Verify Income Tax Email

The Delhi High Court has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry to verify the authenticity of an email purportedly sent by revenue department in response to an assesses request for adjournment following show cause notice.

Revenue department has submitted that the email sent to the taxpayer from an email ID DONOTREPLY@incometaxindiaefiling.gov.in- allowing the adjournment was forged by the assesse.

“As the allegation pertains to a sensitive server belonging to the ministry of finance/department of income tax and involves a senior official of the income tax department holding a sensitive post, this court directs the central agency, namely CBI, to enquire as to whether the email dated 31st May, 2021 had been issued to the petitioner or not, and if so, by whom,” Justices Manmohan and Navin Chawla said in their order dated July 16, issued Monday.

The bench directed CBI to file its enquiry report within four weeks, holding that the matter was a serious one as one of the parties has either forged the document in question and or is not telling a complete truth. The case will be heard again on September 6. “This court clarifies that in the event it is found that the email dated 31 May, 2021 had been forged and fabricated by the petitioner it would initiate action under Sections 191/192/196 of the IPC,” the bench added. The sections refer to giving false evidence, fabricating false evidence and using evidence known to be false. S-ET

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