In a shocking incident, an income tax department official died by suicide at a hospital in Jaipur, where he was receiving treatment for Covid-19, officials said.
Identified as Vinay Kumar Mangla, 45, the income tax inspector was sentenced to jail last week in connection with a bribery case, police officers said adding that Mangla hanged himself in his hospital room on Monday.
Mangla was arrested by the CBI in 2016 for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 lakh. A court in Jaipur had awarded him a sentence of five years last Friday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Abhijeet Singh said.
Mangla was taken into custody last week and a coronavirus test was conducted, the result for which returned positive, following which was admitted to the Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Pratap Nagar police station in-charge Shreemohan Meena said.
He was found hanging in the Covid ward of the hospital on Monday morning, Meena added.
Mangla, a resident of Kota, was posted in Jhalawar where the CBI had caught him red-handed in December 2016 while taking the bribe from an assessee for not imposing penalty on his income tax return.
(With PTI inputs)