There was a proposal to bring the income tax investigation into meat exporter Moin Qureshi under the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money but it was then dropped.
Sources have confirmed to The Indian Express that a senior Finance Ministry official who was part of the SIT — headed by two retired judges Justice M B Shah and Justice Arijit Pasayat — had said that the high-profile case be brought into the ambit of the SIT. But a representative of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on the SIT requested that the case be kept out of SIT’s purview considering its “sensitivity.”
The Indian Express was the first to report that Moin Qureshi, a meat exporter is under Income Tax investigation for alleged tax evasion to the tune of Rs 157 crore, suspected money laundering. A set of messages between Qureshi and former CBI director A P Singh is also under I-T scrutiny.
CBI director Ranjit Sinha had written a letter to CBDT asking the I-T department to share information of its findings to investigate alleged links to CBI officials. Recently, as reported by this newspaper, the I-T department served notices to Singh and his family members seeking clarification in connection with the ongoing probe into Moin Qureshi.
The CBDT on Wednesday wrote back to CBI declining to share the information citing that the income tax case is still continuing and the department would share information at an “appropriate time,” said sources.