Prakash Chandra is new CBDT chief

Our Bureau | | Updated on: Jun 01, 2011

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has a new Chairman in Mr Prakash Chandra.

A 1973-batch officer of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Mr Chandra assumed charge as CBDT chairman on Tuesday.

Mr Chandra, who was handling personnel and vigilance matters as CBDT board member, will continue to look after the work relating to these two subjects.

Prior to joining the CBDT Board, Mr Chandra held the post of Director General of Income Tax (International Taxation).

He had also served as Director General of Investigation in Rajasthan.

Mr Prakash Chandra succeeds Mr Sudhir Chandra, who demitted office on Tuesday.

Phone tapping issue

Meanwhile, on the issue of phone tapping of suspected tax evaders, the outgoing CBDT Chairman, Mr Sudhir Chandra, said the power of interception and tapping stays with the Income-Tax Department. “The power of interception and tapping stays with CBDT. There remains no difference.

“Circumstances still remain the same. We have the tapping power since 2006 and we will continue to have so.

“This settles the matter between the Home Ministry and Finance Ministry. Home Ministry wanted us to have some standard operating procedure.

“Those procedures already exist,” Mr Sudhir Chandra said.


Published on June 01, 2011
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