The Income-Tax department has issued a notice to Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V S Sampath in connection with the sale of a property in Hyderabad and acquiring a new residential property in Delhi with that money.
The notice, issued by the I-T’s intelligence wing, has detected a ‘high-value transaction’. The notice is related to the sale of a property in 2011 in Hyderabad and subsequent purchase of another residential asset in Delhi, department sources said.
Officials said while it was “not a tax evasion” case, the I-T department wanted to check if Sampath was “eligible for re-investment” of the income he had earned from the sale of the property. They said once his reply is received, they would decide whether to issue further notice or close the case. Sources close to the CEC expressed surprise over the matter coming to public domain now. They said it was unusual that a routine request for clarifications issued to the CEC has been leaked to media as a notice.