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I-T issues notice to its vigilance officer

On March 26,the department approved issue of notice to P K Mishra

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi |
May 7, 2012 12:21:12 am

The Income-Tax department has issued a notice to a former vigilance chief of own department,for allegedly hiding an income of Rs 10 crore.

On March 26,the department approved issue of notice to P K Mishra,who was I-T’s chief of vigilance at Delhi till 2007. According to official documents with The Indian Express,the former Indian Revenue Service officer declared an income of Rs 4.56 lakh in 2005-06. However,as per the notice issued under Section 148 of the Income-Tax Act,he escaped assessment on an income of Rs 10 crore.

What is under scrutiny is a benami property in Delhi’s posh New Friends Colony. Assistant Commissioner A K Dang confirmed issuance of a tax evasion notice to Mishra. Refusing to say more,he added: “These are official and secret matters and I would not like to comment on this.”

Declining comment,P K Mishra’s tax lawyer Amit Sachdeva said: “We are bound by the confidentiality agreement with our client and would not like to offer any comment.” Mishra ignored several attempts by The Indian Express to contact him,at his residence as well as on the phone.

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Senior IRS officer S K Srivastava had filed a complaint against Mishra in July 2009,alleging that the New Friends Colony flat had a landline telephone connection in the name of Mishra. Soon after proceedings began on the complaint,Mishra surrendered the connection. The 1970-batch IRS officer had a stint in Delhi as DG (Vigilance) before he took VRS in 2007. Appointed I-T Department ombudsman at Chandigarh after this,Mishra had resigned within six months.

The official report submitted to Additional Commissioner J S Minhas by Dang,which led to a notice being issued to Mishra,says: “The source of investment in the said property needs to be inquired into,as to what was the status in the hands of the assessee as this was not disclosed by the assessee and in what capacity was the assessee using this property as his residence.” The report also recommended inquiry into another property in Greater Noida. “Perusal of the return of income does not disclose any investment in the property at Greater Noida,” said the report.

“The alleged investment in the property exceeds the limit prescribed,and is therefore considered to be a fit case for initiation of proceedings under Section 147/148 of the Income-Tax Act.”

A detailed questionnaire was forwarded to CBDT spokesperson Anuja Sarangi,but she failed to respond.

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