Inland Revenue assessor and clerk in bribery net

15 September 2011 07:01 pm - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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An assessor and a clerk of the Anurdhapura Inland Revenue Department who solicited Rs.400,000 and accepted Rs.375,000 as bribe were remanded till September 28, by the Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday.

Bribery Officers C. H. Chandrasiri and Ranjith Bandara producing the assessor Anurudha Abeyratne of Gurudeniya Wanduragala Anuradhapura and the clerk Uduma Jaleela Begum of Jayanthi Mawatha Anuradhapura submitted that they arrested the two suspects while accepting Rs.375,000 from a businessman of Anuradhapura.

The officers told the Magistrate that the assessor had solicited Rs.400,000 from the businessman as a bribe to assess the businessman’s income to read as Rs.1,600,000 for this year and to the next year. However the suspects had later agreed to accept Rs.375,000 to assess the tax accordingly.

The complainant businessman from Galenbindunu Wewa who is a regular income tax payer was told by the first suspect that his income returns for the current year were erroneous and the assessor had demanded the bribe in order to calculate it to read as Rs.1,600,000.

The Businessman had complained to the Commission to investigate Into Allegations or Corruption initiated a raid to arrest the suspects while they accepted the bribe.

Senior Counsel Neville Abeyratne appearing for the fist suspect contended that his client cannot be charged under the Bribery Act since he had never solicited the bribe or accepted the bribe. He said the monies were recovered from the custody of the second suspect and not from the custody of his client. He said the money had been recovered from the second suspect in custody when she tried to count the money.

Bribery Officer Chandrasena said that the first suspect had solicited the money from the complainant and when it was given to him he had asked the complainant to hand it over to the second suspect . t was then that the money was given to the second suspect and they were arrested when she was counting the money. Thus the first suspect was the kingpin and he could be charged under the Bribery Act. (T. Farook Thajudeen)

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  • nawala nihal Friday, 16 September 2011 05:36 AM

    well done...but if a politician was involved the term bribery turns in to another term call donation...

    the undertaker Friday, 16 September 2011 07:30 AM

    BRIBERY AND CORRUPTION IS LIKE THE CANCER IN PERSON BODY -WILL SPOIL THE GOODWILL AND NAME OF A COUNTRY AND PEOPLE-SHOULD REST THEM IN PIECES IN JAIL FOREVER

    Damien Perea Friday, 16 September 2011 08:33 AM

    As always, the sprats get caught while the sharks get away

    sam fernando Friday, 16 September 2011 02:48 AM

    This is the usual practice by IR assessors. They frighten the tax payer by saying he owes a huge amount and then agree to cut a deal if he pays part of this money to the officer who will share this with the others in that particular division.
    It happens in customs and now with the Health Inspectors.
    The law is enacted in a way that the officials of a particular department could use to intimidate the public and earn a bribe. The government hardly benefits from this. This is not unknown to the President or the ministers but the sad thing is no one does anything about this. They only harp about the Police corruption but the latter are amateurs compared to Customs and IR officials.


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