A day after the AAP swept Delhi Assembly elections by a thumping majority, the Income Tax department said it has issued notices to the AAP and Congress, seeking information about the identity of people who donated funds to them.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said after investigating the issuance of cheques by companies acting as entry operators to convert illegal money into legitimate funds, notices were issued to about 50 persons including two political parties. The notices were issued on February 9.
While the statement refrained from naming the parties, official sources confirmed that the AAP and Congress have been sent the notices seeking information about the identity of the contributors and other relevant details.
The income-tax notice to AAP comes days after a breakaway volunteer group, AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), accused the party of receiving Rs 2 crore last year in April from four dubious companies which have no networth or profit.
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Following the allegations by AVAM, the BJP had intensified its attack on the AAP ahead of the polls on February 7. Confirming receipt of the notice, AAP spokesperson Atishi Marlena, as reported by PTI, said the notice was sent to the party’s Patel Nagar office.
“The Congress has been sent notice for Rs 10 crore it received as contribution from shell companies. In Kolkata, TMC received funding from shell companies and that is being probed too,” the sources added.
The CBDT statement said that recently in Kolkata, the Income Tax department probe led to detection of substantial unaccounted income which “was sought to be converted into legitimate money with the help of non-genuine companies which were acting as entry operators.”
“Similarly, based on media reports, enquiry was initiated in Delhi into issuance of cheques by companies which were alleged to be non-genuine and entry operators. The companies and their directors could not be traced at the addresses given to banks and the ministry of corporate affairs. Examination of the accounts of these companies revealed that they have issued accommodation entries to several persons and entities for substantial amounts,” the CBDT said.
All the companies which were sent the latest notices have been asked by the I-T authorities to produce their books of accounts, people in-charge of business activities and donation receipts maintained in specific cases, the sources said.