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Income Tax Evasion Case: Pradip Burman’s plea meant to delay prosecution, says court

Burman had earlier sought a stay on proceedings in two alleged tax evasion cases in which he has been made accused.

A Delhi court on Thursday dismissed a plea by Dabur promoter Pradip Burman to stay the proceedings in the alleged tax evasion case, observing that it was apparently filed to “delay” the prosecution.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Devendra Kumar Sharma said Burman’s application was without any merit and was not maintainable.

“The court is of the opinion that the application filed on behalf of the accused is not maintainable and otherwise also having no merit. It appears that the plea has been filed only with the view to delay the prosecution. Thus the plea in hand is dismissed,” the court said.

Burman, 73, had earlier sought a stay on proceedings in two alleged tax evasion cases in which he has been made accused.

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The court, while fixing the case for entire pre-charge evidence on March 16 and March 18, said the matter related to undisclosed income in the foreign bank.

It also said that for the last three dates of hearing, no pre-charge evidence could be recorded due to the filing of this application.

First published on: 20-02-2015 at 05:50 IST
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