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Income-Tax department notice to Robert Vadra a statutory step: Congress

I-T has issued notice to “principal officer” of Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality and summoned him.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 2, 2015 1:29:00 am

Congress on Thursday played down Income-Tax department’s decision to scrutinise the controversial land deals and financial transactions by Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

The I-T department has issued a notice to the “principal officer” of Vadra’s firm Skylight Hospitality and summoned him.

The party called the notice the “smallest step in statutory I-T proceedings” and asked the media not to sensationalise the development.

“It is wrong for anyone, including the media, to start questioning every time any notice or step in a proceeding takes place,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said.

“It is wrong for the print and the visual media to make every smallest step in statutory Income Tax proceedings into media event merely because Vadra’s name is involved. The Income Tax merely seeking information should not be made into media event by the print and visual media,” he said, calling the reporting “pure sensationalism and serious violation of individual rights.”

The Indian Express on Thursday reported about the I-T department’s notice asking Skylight Hospitality to furnish “agreements to purchase and sale of immovable properties”.

Congress had come out in Vadra’s defence after reports came out about the disappearance of official pages which had notings on the Haryana government’s decision to constitute a probe panel into the land deal deal between Vadra and real estate firm DLF.

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