Income Tax department probes RSS leader’s Delhi firm for Rs 17 cr deposit after note ban

Late last month, the firm allegedly surrendered Rs 6 crore of these deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.

Written by Ashutosh Bhardwaj | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2017 8:25 am
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The Income Tax department is investigating a clothing company owned by a top RSS leader in Delhi for alleged cash deposits of Rs 17 crore in scrapped notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 after the demonetisation policy was announced on November 8, 2016, sources told The Indian Express. The managing director of the firm being investigated, Ahujasons Shawlwale Private Ltd, is Kulbhushan Ahuja, the Delhi Prant Sanghchalak or Delhi state head of the RSS. According to company records, the firm has three other directors: Ahuja’s sons Bhuvan and Karan, and daughter-in-law Nidhi.

Late last month, the firm allegedly surrendered Rs 6 crore of these deposits under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY), a voluntary disclosure scheme launched last December for those with unexplained cash deposits following demonetisation, said sources.

Ahujasons Shawlwale Private Ltd, a leading name in Pashmina shawls, has showrooms at Karol Bagh, Khan Market and South Extension in the capital. Hailing from a family of RSS workers, Ahuja joined the Sangh early in his childhood, said sources in the organisation.

When contacted, Ahuja refused to comment on the ongoing I-T probe. He did not respond, either, to a questionnaire sent by The Indian Express on the tax probe. I-T officials refused to comment on this case.

Sources said that officials conducted an extensive search operation under Section 132 of the I-T Act at the residence and showrooms of Ahuja in Delhi on February 22, based on inputs from an internal wing of the tax department, which generates computerised data about suspicious deposits in bank accounts and hands it over to field officers.

Section 132 authorises an officer to “enter and search” any premises when he, “in consequence of information in his possession, has reason to believe” that “any person is in possession of any money, bullion, jewellery or other valuable article or thing”…”which has not been and would not be disclosed”.

According to sources, tax officials found that the company had allegedly “forged back-dated bills to create bogus sales” and justify the cash deposits. The department also seized cash in new currency during the search and later recorded statements of the company’s top management, said sources.

“The department is yet to examine the contents of various lockers, some of which are still sealed,” said sources. Last Friday, I-T officials examined some of the company’s lockers at the Karol Bagh branch of Axis Bank.

Following the searches and investigation, company sources said, the company agreed to surrender a part of the Rs 17 crore — Rs 6 crore — under PMGKY.

Under the scheme, an individual who declares undisclosed income has to pay 30 per cent of the amount as tax, a cess of 33 per cent on the tax paid and 10 per cent penalty, which adds up to around 50 per cent of the income. Besides, 25 per cent of the income is deposited under the scheme with a lock-in period of four years at zero interest rate.

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First Published on: April 12, 2017 5:51 am
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    Umesh Desai
    Apr 12, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    The opposition used to ask after one year of Modi Raj where is the black money modi had promised at the time of election. Today Modiji doing everything to find the black money. Opposition is crying that Modi misusing ED IT and CBI. Shame on the part of the opposition.
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      terrible
      Apr 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm
      US should bom-b RSS H-Q in Nagpur with 100 cruise missiles as it has become ideological, political and financial source of breeding hind-u t-errorists. It openly propagating hatred against minorities and social exploitation of SC/ST/BC/Tribal. India is heading towards civil war and genocide. The government is its baby and incapable of thinking and governing.
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        terrible
        Apr 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm
        nationalism is the last refuge of scoundrels..
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          vijay
          Apr 12, 2017 at 12:20 pm
          Greed and avarice transcends religious and political affiliation. It does not matter if you are in youth congress or RSS or Muslim league. Therefore it is not helpful to qualify the alleged wrong doer with his affiliation to RSS.Really, RSS did not responsible for his alleged action just as much as the congress persons got caught in various scam. The Income Tax is investigating the matter and they will take the matter to it's logical conclusion.All of can sit down and relax and how things are going to shape up rather than throwing barbs at the governing party or RSS.
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            Samir
            Apr 12, 2017 at 11:35 am
            Demonetization was a scam to collect and save funds for Saffron Terrorists by BJP and the time will show all evidence slowly but surely.
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              A
              Apr 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm
              You got that
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              Tushar
              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:22 am
              Thief in the same cruise
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                attakhalil
                Apr 12, 2017 at 11:20 am
                It is unlikely... this is congi propo a. RSS is a 100 pure organization with desh bakhti. No black money can be traced in any BJP or RSS circle. Other parties are corrupt. But BJP and RSS has no affiliation with corruption.
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                  vijay
                  Apr 12, 2017 at 12:23 pm
                  The jury is out on this so Hold your horses and let the time tell.
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                  P.C.Kulkarni
                  Apr 12, 2017 at 11:11 am
                  How can RSS people have black money? They are supposed to be as pure as Gangajal
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                    N
                    Apr 12, 2017 at 11:09 am
                    Ahujasons Shawlwale Private Ltd, do pay price for their misdeeds if any. Law do its duty on defaulters. Author of this article Comrade Sri Ashutosh Bhardwaj is more interested in maligning RSS. Indian Express, New Delhi of Great Late Sri Ramnath Goenka is filled with pseudo secularists and communists.
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                      Tushar
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 11:24 am
                      Stop the double standard from getting exposed dude... If it was a congi u guys wud have li cked the goyankan staff's feet .... So y do u abuse them for writing truth
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                      ABDL
                      Apr 12, 2017 at 11:02 am
                      Surely a patriot.
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                        Parth Garg
                        Apr 12, 2017 at 10:50 am
                        This is the real 'Chaal, Charitra v Chehara'.
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                          TIHAEwale
                          Apr 12, 2017 at 10:14 am
                          looks like this RSS Ahuja family was not tipped by Tadipaar Amit before demonetisation
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                            gopal
                            Apr 12, 2017 at 9:51 am
                            IE reporter is saying "He did not respond to questions sent by Indian Express"..Funny. you are not the defacto Income Tax Department that people should respond to you..please do not make a crime out of that..lol Looks like the govt is acting on all...good.
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                              gabbar
                              Apr 12, 2017 at 11:53 am
                              its duty of a journalist to seek response from all.. he is just conveying that... Maybe u r not used to such journalistic practices and prefer the BJP propa a machineries who gives one sided unconfirmed informations
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                                vijay
                                Apr 12, 2017 at 12:27 pm
                                Absolutely correct. how come the intellectuals which run the show at IE, slipped on this banana peel?
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                                s
                                Apr 12, 2017 at 8:08 am
                                Why does the report read as " company has agreed to deposit 6 cr.........under the PM...... Scheme" Company Has To pay whether they like it or not and what of the 50 penalty which amounts to 8.5 crores ? Why no mention of that? In Delhi alone the tax authority can collect a penalty of 1 lac crores going by the lavish display of wealth on fancy bungalows and weddings.
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                                  Tushar
                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 11:26 am
                                  Yup but they don't do it ... Their hands reach out at such a middle cl business people squeez.that too who refused to donate them before election .I think this guy had some tug with the committee
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                                  Girish Rao
                                  Apr 12, 2017 at 7:50 am
                                  Good it shows the government is favouring none
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                                    Sing is
                                    Apr 12, 2017 at 7:48 am
                                    Even Modi's Rs 65 cr bribe should be investigated.
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                                      vijay
                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm
                                      At the same time your head examined to make certain if it is filled with brain or
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                                        vijay
                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 12:32 pm
                                        At the same time your head examined to make certain if it is filled with brain or s...it
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                                      Rouge
                                      Apr 12, 2017 at 7:35 am
                                      RSS TERORIST FUNDING FACILITATED BY RSS PRACHARAK BUTCHER MODI!
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                                        Rahul
                                        Apr 12, 2017 at 9:10 am
                                        Get a life...
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                                          Srividya Jayaraman
                                          Apr 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
                                          Mind your language. It is people.like you butchering the nation. It is congress and fake secular like you are the true butchers.
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                                            Tushar
                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 11:27 am
                                            No RSS are the butchers .. India never faced such an intolerance and inequality post independence ..it's a true like crystal ... Your lie are not gonna be heard by people any more
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                                            vijay
                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                                            That name suit you very well.Did your dad pick it? good on him.
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                                            Sheik Mohamed
                                            Apr 12, 2017 at 6:33 am
                                            May be possibilities, that these people does not have to face any charges/action under relevant law, as has been in the case of Swamy Aseemanand who was allowed to escape from clutches of law, even after confessing his involvement in Bomb blast case.
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                                              Against Sick
                                              Apr 12, 2017 at 10:07 am
                                              Take the next available flight to stan or join ISIS. Enough of your tantrums under the guise of Islam. We just cant tolerate traitors in our country anymore. Get lost
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                                                Tushar
                                                Apr 12, 2017 at 11:29 am
                                                Those who can't tolerate the truty can leave this country .... Atleast once in life u try to be honest to urself by admitting the fact .it's not manly to abuse when u are criticized for SE thing true
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