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Bengaluru: A 32-year-old engineering graduate has landed in police custody for allegedly hacking into income tax e-filing and other government portals and illegally siphoning off I-T refunds of individuals to different bank accounts of his.
The accused, arrested by sleuths from Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is Dilip Raje Gowda, a resident of Dharwad and from Hirisave in Hassan.
A non-resident Indian approached CID last month, saying some unidentified persons had illegally siphoned off his income tax dues of Rs 1.4 crore.
“We received a complaint regarding some unknown person gaining unauthorised access to the Permanent Account Number (PAN) of the complainant, hacking into his account on income tax e-filing portal and altering the details of bank account. Accordingly, fake and fabricated KYC documents were used to open a bank account in the name of the complainant. The accused manipulated the I-T returns of the complainant and got a refund of Rs 1.4 crore. The money was credited to the bank account created by the accused,” a press release from CID stated.
Based on the complaint, CID sleuths led by superintendent of police (economic offence wing) MD Sharath started the investigation.
“Since the accused was using multiple identities it became all the more difficult to trace him. Lot of data analysis was done to identify and arrest him,” said Sharath.
Director General of Police (in charge) CID KV Sharath Chandra said: “Investigation revealed the accused had committed similar offence against six different victims and succeeded in siphoning off Rs 3.6 crore. “The income tax authorities have been informed about the vulnerability in their system with a request to address it. Similarly, we have alerted officials of Kaveri property registration portal, which too the accused hacked into,” he said.
An investigating officer said Gowda would collect personal details of his victims by hacking into different government sites, particularly the Kaveri online portal and the I-T portal.
“After collecting basic details like name and address, Gowda would create fake KYC documents of his victims. Using the same, he would open bank accounts and get I-T refunds deposited into the same,” he said.


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