I-T probes in­come dis­crep­an­cies in af­fi­davits filed by MPs, MLAs

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Elec­tion Com­mis­sion. Sources said the I-T depart­ment has asked some politi­cians (most of whom are MLAs), who prima fa­cie have “hid­den” in­for­ma­tion, to sub­mit their re­cent in­come tax re­turns as well as of their de­pen­dents whose names they have men­tioned in af­fi­davits filed with the EC.

As per a re­cent in­for­ma­tion shared by the Cen­tral Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to the Supreme Court, while sub­mit­ting an af­fi­davit in re­sponse to a pe­ti­tion filed by an NGO, the CBDT had stated in Septem­ber that it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing the as­sets of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs across the coun­try after it found dis­crep­an­cies re­gard­ing what they had de­clared in their elec­tion af­fi­davits and what they ac­tuAally owned. The NGO had ear­lier sub­mit­ted a list of 26 Lok Sabha MPs, 11 Ra­jya Sabha MPs and 257 MLAs to the tax depart­ment seek­ing ver­i­fi­ca­tion of their elec­tion af­fi­davits, while al­leg­ing sub­stan­tial in­creases in their as­sets com­pared to as­set de­tails given by them in pre­vi­ous elec­tion af­fi­davits. Of­fi­cials said that the CBDT has been co­or­di­nat­ing with the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion of In­dia for the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of af­fi­davits filed by can­di­dates of par­ties as part of ef­forts to curb black money for the past six-seven years. “In 2012, the ex­er­cise had gained some speed due to the whole an­tiblack money ‘move­ment’ that was go­ing on, but after that noth­ing hap­pened. The ex­er­cise has been started again,” a source fa­mil­iar with the de­vel­op­ment said.

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