Stock Guru scam: IT officer raided for ‘Rs 60-cr bribe’

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An Income Tax deputy commissioner was raided by the CBI on Monday in connection with the Rs 500-crore Stock Guru India scam. An IRS officer of 2006 batch, Yogendra Mittal, has been detained and is likely to be arrested for allegedly taking a bribe of nearly Rs 60 crore for favouring the accused, officials said.

The agency claimed to have seized documents showing properties worth Rs 2 crore and bank deposits running into lakhs of rupees from Mittal during raids in Delhi, including at his North Block office, and in Uttar Pradesh.

Mittal is currently deputy director, establishment, at the Central Board of Direct Taxes in New Delhi. He has reportedly confessed he was offered huge bribes by the accused, Ulhas Prabhakar Khaire (33) and wife Raksha J Urs (30), who were arrested in November last year.

CBI will soon seek Khaire's remand and confront him with Mittal. According to the CBI, Khaire told them that Mittal was part of the IT team that searched the Stock Guru premises in January 2011, and had helped him.

"We received the complaint from Delhi Police, after which surveillance was mounted on Mittal," a CBI official said. Agency sources said Mittal never brought on record facts which could have exposed the scam. "He also allowed Khaire to show his income below what was found during the raids," said an official.

The CBI has reportedly seized records showing Khaire and Mittal were in touch after the January 2011 raids. Mittal is said to have initially demanded Rs 80 crore from Khaire.

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