The person beneath the highlight of tax terrorism debate — B R Balakrishnan, chief commissioner of revenue tax (I-T), Bengaluru — was within the midst of farewell calls and goodbyes when a letter written by lacking Café Espresso Day chain founder V G Siddhartha went viral on Tuesday. The letter, addressed to the board members and employees, had alleged harassment by the “earlier DG of I-T’’, with out naming him. The identical officer, from the 1983 batch Indian Income Service, will retire on Wednesday (July 31) as Bengaluru’s I-T chief commissioner.
Balakrishnan refused to react to the India Inc criticism of rising incidents of tax terrorism following Siddhartha’s letter. Showing unfazed, he advised Enterprise Normal, ‘’I solely consider in doing my job properly.’’
Lately, Balakrishnan was caught in a political controversy over a collection of raids carried out by his group. Then coalition authorities of Karnataka led by H D Kumaraswamy had complained to the Election Fee in opposition to this I-T officer for “picketing exterior its workplace’’. Kumaraswamy and different ministers had alleged “selective raids” on supporters of JD(S) and Congress forward of elections.
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Previous to becoming a member of as DG (Investigation), Balakrishnan had labored within the Investigation Wing of the IT division in Chennai and Mumbai. In 2017, a probe led by Balakrishnan had unearthed the ‘gutkha rip-off’ the place bribes had been paid to Tamil Nadu ministers.
His colleagues identified that Balakrishnan was an environment friendly and upright officer, in addition to being a know-how freak. A former Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairperson described Balakrishnan as a great investigator who glided by the regulation. “It’s onerous to consider that Balakrishnan would have resorted to harassment,’’ he stated.
Nevertheless, one other IRS officer argued that maybe Balakrishnan didn’t make an try to grasp the crucial beneath which CCD and different associated entities had been working. ‘’Did he not know he was going to kill the corporate? Ought to he not have taken a name or mentioned with the minister?’’ had been among the many questions being requested.
In an interplay with the business in 2018, Balakrishnan had stated, “We don’t prosecute folks with any sadistic pleasure…. If there are circumstances of deliberate makes an attempt to evade tax, or these having illicit revenue coming from medication and corruption, I don’t suppose it’s truthful to not prosecute them.”