Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

MPs, 98 MLAs under IT lens for undeclared assets

MPs, 98 MLAs under IT lens for undeclared assets

While filing nomination papers, candidates were disclosing their assets, assets of their spouse, children and other dependents, but they did not reveal the sources of income, SN Shukla of Lok Prahari contended.

The Supreme Court will on Monday continue hearing the plea filed by NGO, Lok Prahari, seeking a thorough investigation into the lawmakers' disproportionate assets. The petitioner had alleged substantial increase in assets of 26 Lok Sabha MPs, 11 Rajya Sabha MPs and 257 MLAs, based on their election affidavits. The CBDT said the poll affidavits of these lawmakers were referred to the DGIT and replies were received in the case of 26 LS members, 2 RS members and 215 MLAs. According to CBDT, I-T investigations are exempted under the transparency law, the Right to Information Act, and therefore details would be placed before the court in a sealed cover.

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The report has been filed in a sealed cover as per the directions of the SC. The apex court had directed the government to place necessary information in this regard before the court, but the government has not complied with this.

The court, while hearing the case on September 6, had termed an earlier affidavit filed by the CBDT as incomplete and asked the department to file a fresh one.

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The Income Tax Department had conducted preliminary investigations into their assets, the agency said.

In its affidavit, the CBDT has said that "the election affidavits filed by the candidates are self disclosed documents which are available in public domain".

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Further action against these leaders, the department said, will be taken once it gets verification reports from director generals of Income Tax. The petitioner wants inclusion of a column in the nomination form to list details of a candidate's sources of income.

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