IRS Officer Virendra Singh superannuates after 35 years of distinguished service

JAMMU: Virendra Singh, an IRS Officer of 1985 Batch attained superannuation as Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Bihar & Jharkhand Region after thirty five years of distinguished service. He has rich and varied experience of working in different wings of the Income tax department ranging from Investigation, assessment, administration, International Taxation, Risk Assessment and large Taxpayer Unit. Besides, he has also worked for seven years in Economic Offence Wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation at Mumbai wherein he was entrusted with monitoring and supervision of investigation relating to various kinds of financial crimes/frauds. He has worked at different stations such as Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Nagpur and Patna.
His professional achievements include highest ever settlement of undisclosed income to the tune of Rs.1910.76 crores on the basis of evidences recovered during search action and the post search investigation in the case of Sahara by the Income Tax Settlement Commission.
As Commissioner of Income Tax, Jammu & Kashmir for more than four years, he established the reputation of the Income Tax Department as an absolutely honest, professional, transparent, fair, responsive & accountable tax administration by initiating taxpayer friendly measures of clearance of all the refunds pending for over 3 years within first 3 months of his posting and, thereafter, conducting large-scale tax awareness/education programmes across the length and breadth of including militancy infested areas of Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Kathua, Rajouri, Poonch, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla and Srinagar for taxpayers/Potential taxpayers for the first time in the country when such approach was not even heard of. The tax awareness/ education programmes fostered a relationship of mutual trust & respect between the tax administration and the taxpayers and remarkably improved tax compliance resulting in year on year revenue growth during the aforesaid 4 years much above the average all India growth. While focusing on tax education/awareness programmes for small/ marginal/ potential taxpayers, the large tax evaders having little regard for the laws of the land were dealt with sternly which convincingly established the Income tax Department as an organization of the Government of India functioning effectively in the state of Jammu & Kashmir against all odds.
He is the first IRS officer to be appointed by the Government as Superintendent of Police in the CBI. During his tenure as SP/DIG, CBI EOW, Mumbai he brought about significant improvement in functioning of the Economic Offence Wing of CBI, including in the areas of investigation, the diversity in nature of cases of financial fraud taken up for investigation, coordination with other agencies in India & abroad which led to appreciation by US Department of Justice and Government of United Kingdom. Excellent work done by him in tracing and deporting a murder accused fugitive from Dubai led to better relations between the two countries. He is also credited with single handedly unearthing the infamous UTI Scam of 2001 which led to arrest and charge sheeting of the entire top management of UTI responsible for the fraud. Investigations carried out by him resulted in detection of financial fraud of over Rs. 5000 crores by SFO of UK and FBI of US.
During his tenure as PCIT (Central), Rajasthan more than 500 prosecution complaints were filed against the tax evaders which resulted in exceptional improvement in compliance behaviour of the taxpayers.
As PDIT (Inv.), Rajasthan, he ensured that the reach of the Investigation Directorate is expanded to all the potential areas of state of Rajasthan which created required deterrence against tax evasion across the state of Rajasthan. In one case alone, the highest ever cash & jewellery seizure in Rajasthan of over Rs. 54 crore was made and the case finally ended in Settlement Commission with settlement of unaccounted income of Rs. 203 crore, again highest ever in Rajasthan. Also, the registered the highest number of cases in the country during the initial year of implementation of the newly created Prohibition of Benami Property transaction Act, 2016 across the state of Rajasthan.
As Director General (Risk Assessment), CASS committee was headed by him for two years which brought about qualitative changes by bringing transparency in the process, holding wide consultations with field formation, in validating the rules, and using better business intelligence tools for ensuring that the cases selected were representative of different income levels, sectors and businesses.