Income Tax Department clarifies about fire in Income Tax Office in Mumbai

On Friday 1st June 2018, a fire broke out in the Income Tax office in Mumbai. The fire broke out around 4 pm on the third floor of the building that also houses the office of the Income Tax Department. No direct casualty or burn injury cases was reported, but at least seven people were rushed to Saint George hospital in Fort for the treatment of suffocation due to smoke inhalation.

The Income Tax Department is investigating the over Rs 13,400 crore banking fraud, allegedly committed by Indian Businessman Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi during 2011-2017. The official twitter handle of Congress and few twitter celebrities took this opportunity, to claim that the documents related to alleged fraud by Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi have been destroyed in the fire.

Few also claimed the fire to be a conspiracy to save Nirav Modi by the Central Government.

Media reports quoted sources in the Income Tax department saying the files pertaining to Nirav Modi and Choksi, along with some documents relating to the Essar group, were also in the office premises during the fire. The Income Tax Department has come ahead and given a clarification following media reports claiming the records were destroyed in the fire.

“News reports have been appearing in some sections of the media alleging that records and documents relating to investigation into the Nirav Modi (and) Mehul Choksi case have been destroyed in the Scindia House fire in Income Tax Office in Mumbai,” the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement.

The department further clarified that the documents and records of the ongoing investigations into the case had already been transferred to the assessment units housed in different buildings.