The Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) has shot off a letter to the service tax commissioner seeking information on whether Citizens for Justice and Peace founders Teesta Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand have paid tax on various business transactions worth over Rs 1.22 crore for providing “business support” among other services within their own company and trusts.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (DCB) K N Patel, who is investigating the alleged fund grabbing case involving Setalvad, Anand and three others, has written the letter dated 27-04-15 to the Commissioner of Service Tax, Division-III, Madhu Industrial Estate, Pandurang Marg, Worli in Mumbai.
The letter, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, seeks information on whether Sabrang Trust, Citizen for Justice and Peace (CJP) and Sabrang Communications and Publishing Private Ltd (SCPPL) have paid service tax under provision of Business Support Service among or not.
“During the course of investigation it has come to our notice that aforementioned company, SCPPL, has admittedly provided ‘Business Support Services, Business Centre Services,’ Secretariat Services i.e. Shared staff cost/Shared establishment cost etc., to Sabrang Trust and CJP with the same premises and received under mentioned payment from these two trusts for the same services,” the letter claims.
It says that from the financial year 2009 to 2013, SCPPL received founds more than Rs 122 crore from the two trusts — CJP and Sabrang.
Setalvad and Anand are directors of SCPPL and also run the two trusts in question as managing trustees. According to sources, the DCB which received the voluminous documents including the books of account from Setalvad of her financial dealings of the past several years, there is no information whether she paid service taxes or not.
The letter says, “These two trusts (CJP and Sabrang) have received several crores of rupees from local & international donors for the welfare of riot victims and for the construction of a museum at Gulberg Society, Ahmedabad in the memory of riot victims. They are accused number 1 and 2 in the FIR, which is related to embezzlement of funds.”