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Income of 7 MPs and 98 MLAs under scanner: I-T

“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said.

Written by Ananthakrishnan G | New Delhi | Updated: September 12, 2017 6:53 am
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A “Prima facie verification” of election affidavits “by the Directors General of Income Tax” has “indicated discrepancies” in the income disclosures made by seven Lok Sabha members and 98 MLAs, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told the Supreme Court on Monday.

“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said in its affidavit filed before a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer, which is hearing a PIL on electoral reforms.

The PIL, filed by an NGO, wants candidates to disclose their sources of income in their election affidavits. Listing 26 Lok Sabha members, 11 Rajya Sabha members and 257 MLAs, the NGO had demanded that their income growth should be scrutinised. The CBDT said the poll affidavits of these lawmakers were referred to the DGIT and replies were received in the case of 26 LS members, 2 RS members and 215 MLAs. The verification reports of nine RS members and 42 MLAs are pending.

The CBDT affidavit, however, does not mention the names of the legislators in whose cases the discrepancies were noted. The names will be placed before the court in a sealed cover, it said.

The court, while hearing the case on September 6, had termed an earlier affidavit filed by the CBDT as incomplete and asked the department to file a fresh one. The court had, however, allowed it to submit the names in a sealed cover if they could not be made public. The court had observed that although the government’s stand was that it was not averse to electoral reforms, it had not submitted the necessary details to support this.

The CBDT said the information could not be disclosed or shared in public as it enjoyed immunity under the Right To Information Act. “It is humbly submitted that Directors General of Income Tax (Investigation) are exempt under Section 24 read with Schedule 11 of the Right to Information Act,2005 (RTI),” it said. “Therefore, the reports of verification of affidavits of the candidates by the Directors General of Income Tax (Investigation) cannot be provided under the RTI Act. It is also pertinent to note here the statutory restrictions under Section 138 of the Income Tax Act,” it added.

The NGO had claimed that the candidates, while filing their nomination papers, disclose their assets and assets of their spouse, children and other dependents, but do not reveal the sources of income.

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    Paban
    Sep 13, 2017 at 7:33 am
    The proposed immunity given to MPs and MLAs has only instigated them to be more corrupt. So this type of illegal and partisan facilities need to be withdrawn immediately to make them more liable, responsible and more economic.
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      Suhas
      Sep 12, 2017 at 11:55 am
      MPS and MLAS under IT scanner. Some 140000 high value house purchase on scanner High transcations under scanner 2 l acounts under scanner We are haaringthis every day. But no further action. I think it and ed are sill doing study like devendra government in maharashtra. What happened to no of notes new and old captured during great period of notabandi? No answer. What happened to reduction in black money. Our PM and FM does not know. What happened to reduction on money under circulation. Our PM and FM does not know or they know but do not want to accept. Hipocrets.
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        Mosh
        Sep 12, 2017 at 10:56 am
        I hope these are not Oppostion MP and MLAs only as it has been the case so far in 3 years of BJP rule when always Opposition is only target using every single agency in hand of those in power and some who remotely country this Government in power.
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          S>prabhakar
          Sep 12, 2017 at 10:31 am
          Good start indeed. Instead of concentrating on employees and retirees.
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          1. Raja R
            Sep 12, 2017 at 10:19 am
            BJP is have lot saints thats why only hidden corruption as thye took through babas like ram rahim and saksh etc.
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