CBDT red-flags mismatch in AAP donations to Election Commission

AAP was slapped with a notice by the income tax department on November 27 last year.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: January 9, 2018 8:44 am
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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has flagged an alleged mismatch in AAP’s actual and reported donations to the Election Commission (EC), pointing out that it was in violation of the Representation of the People Act, The Indian Express has learnt.

According to government sources, CBDT chairman Sushil Chandra wrote to Chief Election Commissioner A K Joti on January 3, informing him of the adverse assessment order on AAP’s finances for the financial year 2014-15 (assessment year 2015-16). The missive states that the party contravened provisions of Section 29(C) of the RP Act.

The section deals with declaration of political funding to the government and mandates that all political parties should disclose details of donations, in excess of Rs 20,000, received from individuals and companies. A violation of this provision excludes the political party from any tax relief on its income under the Act.

The AAP was slapped with a notice by the income tax department on November 27 last year. The party responded by claiming that the order was an attempt by the Centre to “crush the Opposition”.

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The IT department, based on its assessment, had determined Rs 68.44 crore as the total taxable income of the party for 2015-16. The notice issued to AAP levied Rs 30.67 crore of tax on this income.

Chandra’s letter to Joti lists all findings of the assessment order on AAP’s income, including that the names and addresses of the party donors behind Rs 13.16 crore of audited income and expenditure accounts were not disclosed.

The assessment order also states that AAP allegedly did not record the details of over 450 donors contributing more than Rs 20,000 each, who collectively donated Rs 6.26 crore. Additionally, the assessment order allegedly found Rs 2 crore worth of hawala entries as voluntary donations apart from non-disclosure of Rs 36.95 crore on its website.

That apart, the party has also been accused of not reporting donations worth Rs 29.13 crore from donors contributing more than Rs 20,000 each in its report submitted under relevant provisions of the RP Act to the EC in 2015.

On the basis of the order for the assessment year of 2015-16, the IT department concluded that the AAP has not maintained details of donors contributing in excess of Rs 20,000 each, and allegedly submitted an incorrect report to the EC by not correctly disclosing its income.

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  1. Eknath Meshram
    Jan 9, 2018 at 11:52 am
    CBDT MUST PUBLISH THE DETAILS OF DONATIONS OF ALL POLITICAL PARTIES. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ALL POLITICAL PARTIES MUST BE BROUGHT UNDER THE PURVIEW OF RTI. THE CASH DONATION OF EVEN A SINGLE RUPEE TO POLITICAL PARTIES MUST BE STOPPED. THE ELECTORAL DONATION BONDS MUST NOT BE HIDDEN FROM PUBLIC. IF THE ELECTION COMMISSION IS REALLY JUST AND FAIR IN ELECTIONEERING PROCESS, ALL SORT OF CORRUPTIONS MUST BE PREVENTED IN ELECTION PROCESS BY ELECTION COMMISSION.
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    1. Pawan dube
      Jan 9, 2018 at 11:28 am
      Well if CBDT had red-flagged the most corrupt parties or all non-corrupt parties [ which is a joke], it would have a been a benchmark of a new emerging India...Well what to expect from the feku governance where each branch is now compromised....
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      1. Radhakishan Gangu
        Jan 9, 2018 at 10:43 am
        India will be cleaned from dirt of corruption, evils if all political parties receives transparent, clean money. There is a blame on every party, either in power or in opposition. Who will clean the society? All men are motivated from self interest is cent percent true in Indian politics? Who will care ethics? Of course those who care them will be innocent, ordinary persons who do not have enough strength to change the system. India should create statesmen like leaders with highest IQs and who will be well disciplined, truthful and observes Vedic dharma sacredly, selflessly to make India a developed nation on bright path. Few honest leaders in a party does not mean that they are governing in a clean manner. Every one from village level volunteer/primary members to the president of a party should follow the highest morals. We hope that all parties should transform themselves to be honest, patrotic and follows highest ethics whether in power or not!
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        1. Ajaypal Sidhu
          Jan 9, 2018 at 9:44 am
          As with all the other previous false case by Modi and his junta, this too will amount to nothing. We all remember when Mr Jaitlie did a press conference alleging 2 crores of foreign funding (4 cheques 50 lakhs). Utter disgrace, this NDA has been!
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          1. Sushma Joiya
            Jan 9, 2018 at 10:32 am
            Suggestions are invited to revive Congress Party. We need a leader who could stand parallel to Shri Narebdra Modi.
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          2. Michelle:: Vedic::human
            Jan 9, 2018 at 8:59 am
            That's why BJP/NDA will regain power in 2019 and beyond 2025 to clean up corruption,---first LALLU in 3.5 years soon KHUJLIWAL will be joining LALLU in TIHAR followed by cHUDambram,----dikvijay,---ra-hole etcetc,----NDA is the current and future DNA of Hindustan,-----Jai hind.
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            1. Ravishankar Balasubramanian
              Jan 9, 2018 at 9:08 am
              Don't joke man. BJP is the mother of all corruption can't be more understated.
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              1. Sushma Joiya
                Jan 9, 2018 at 10:35 am
                Please suggest a better leader in Congress stronger than Shri Modi.
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                1. Bharat Vasi
                  Jan 13, 2018 at 6:23 pm
                  Yah right? We will have to redefine corruption in the dictionary.
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                2. Clement Buck
                  Jan 9, 2018 at 9:21 am
                  so only the opposition party members are corrupt the rest like you are angels
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                  1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
                    Jan 9, 2018 at 9:55 am
                    CONGIE and fake Gandhi dynasty rule and scam card report:-AMETHI housing scam,--Agusta chopper scam,--herald scam,--2g scam,--3g scam,--Vadra Swiss mansion scam,---Sonia tax evasion scam,--Vadra land grabbing scam,--cHUDambram money laundering scam,----cHUDambram excel Marcil scam,----Antony weapon deal scam,--BOFORS scam,---coal scam,--Swiss black money scam,--Sonia charity loot scam,---Sheila Dixie CWG scam--2009 sat-yam scam,--Tat-ra truck scam,-taRun GogoI vision asan-mission asan 30cr RPS scam,--2011 cash for vote scam,---a-dar-sh scam,--2012 Robert Vadra illegal Bikaner land purchasing scam--2012 PM MMS appointed CBI director AP Singh and moien Qu-re-Shi meat export and money extorting scam--2013 IPL scam--2013 Oomen CHANDY solar scam--2012 robert Vadra. And Sanjay bandari arms dealing scam,---2014 kart1 chudambram,Sachin pilot Rajasthan ambulance scam,---love jihad scam,--dynasty rule scam--etcetc,--CONGIES have got the highest level degree of SCAM certificate,--Jai hind.
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                    1. Bharat Vasi
                      Jan 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm
                      Sorry, they were corrupt (BIG TIME) even when in government.
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