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Former Jamshedpur I-T Commissioner Swetabh Suman surrenders in Haridwar after Supreme Court order

Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, May 22: Former Income Tax Commissioner of Jamshedpur Swetabh Suman has been sent to Roshnabad Jail in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand in connection with cases of corruption and disproportionate income against him.

According to sources, Suman surrendered before the Haridwar district court authorities following the order of Supreme Court. The Apex Court had ordered him and two other accused, Dr Arun Kumar Singh and Rajendra Vikram Singh, to surrender before the court within a week in its 13th May order this year. The former senior I-T officer had filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court against an order of Nainital High Court which had cancelled the bail bond of all three accused and ordered their arrest. The High Court had reinstated his conviction order by the lower court on 5th March last.

Suman was lodged earlier in Haridwar Jail. He was released on an interim bail. After playing hide and seek with the law, he had no other option than to surrender before the court. He was also jailed in Sudhowala and Haridwar jails. He was once caught using mobile phone in Sudhowala Jail in Dehradun and was consequently disallowed meeting with visitors for two months, sources said.

Sources said the former I-T official had appealed to the Apex Court to hear his case without requiring him to surrender. His plea was rejected and he was asked to surrender within three weeks.

Suman was booked on corruption and disproportionate income charges in 2005 on the basis of an anonymous complaint against him in New Delhi. The CBI had raided his 14 properties when he was the Joint Income Tax Commissioner. It was found that Suman had amassed 337 per cent more property than his regular income. He had purchased properties in Ghaziabad, Jharkhand, Bihar and Dehradun in the name of his mother and brother-in-law. He had also got a Honda City car financed in the name of his mother Gulabo Devi in New Delhi by using forged documents. He also got an NGO registered by the name of Arvind Society under the pretext of helping the poor and used his influence to secure heavy donations which were later reportedly transferred in his own bank account, sources said.

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