Aide into assistant charity commissioner isn’t A CA: ICAItimesofindia.indiatimes.Com #Charity_CommissionerJune 13, 2019
TNN | Updated: Jun 13, 2019, 12:39 IST
SURAT: The Surat branch of Western India Regional Council (WIRC) of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has clarified that Manish Pachhigar, the person caught accepting bribe along with the assistant charity commissioner, is not a chartered accountant (CA) as he claimed to be.
President of Surat branch of WIRC-ICAI, Mihir Thakkar told TOI, “Pachhigar does not have a CA degree and he falsely represented himself as a CA.
Even the police did not check credentials of the arrested person, which has caused irreparable damage to the CA community.
ACB, meanwhile, produced Patel and Pachhigar in a local court, which remanded duo to ACB custody till June 14 for further questioning.
According to Thakkar, the Surat branch of ICAI has demanded to increase penalty on non-members representing in any cases in the income tax department or any other central and state agencies from Rs 1,000 to Rs 5 lakh for first offence and Rs 5,000 to Rs 20 lakh for second offence along with imprisonment of one year.
“We have also suggested to take strong action against non-members representing themselves as CAs and sought the amendment of Section 24 of the Chartered Accountant Act, 1949, by imposing exemplary penalty for falsely claiming to be a member and using the CA logo” said Thakkar.
PACHHIGAR ACTED AS TOUT FOR 300 TRUSTS Surat: Pachhigar, who impersonated himself as a CA, had developed a clientèle of 300 trusts and dealt on their behalf with the charity commissioner office, said ACB sources.
He used to demand bribe and collect the amount on behalf of officers,” said ACB officials.
ACB seized a computer from Pachhigar’s residence to gather evidences.