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Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed three senior IRS officers K Dash, Akhilesh Ranjan and Neena Kumar as new members of Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). All three members belong to 1982-batch of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). Prior to this appointment, Dash was serving as principal chief commissioner of I-T (PCCIT) in Bhopal, Ranjan and Kumar were serving as PCCsIT in Delhi. With these three new joinings, CBDT now has full house strength of five members and chairman. The two other members of CBDT are IRS officers Aditya Vikram and P C Mody while the borad’s Chairman is Sushil Chandra.
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT)
CBDT is nodal policy-making body of Income Tax (IT) department under Finance Ministry. It is a statutory authority established under The Central Board of Revenue Act, 1963. It is supreme body in India for framing policies related to direct taxes and is also tasked to enforce direct tax laws in the country. The composition of CBDT includes Chairman and six members.
Justices Hemant Gupta, R Subhash Reddy, Mukesh Kumar Rasikbhai Shah and Ajay Rastogi were sworn-in as the Judges of Supreme Court. They were administered oath of office by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. They will have tenure till they attain age of 65.
These four new judges of SC were appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind under Article 124 based on the recommendation of SC Collegium comprising CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice A K Sikri and Justice S A Bobde. With this total number of judges at the Supreme Court rose to 28. The sanctioned strength of Supreme Court judges in 31 including Chief Justice.
Prior to this elevation, Justice Gupta served as Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court; Justice Rastogi as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court; Justice Shah as Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and Justice Reddy as Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.