New Delhi, Sep 12: The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday told the Supreme Court that it had found “discrepancies” between the disclosed incomes and assets of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs.
The revelation came in an affidavit filed by the CBDT in response to a petition of NGO “Lok Prahari” two years back.
“Verification prima facie with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and, therefore these are taken up for further ‘probe’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the board stated in its affidavit filed before the Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer.
The tax department also said the names of these political leaders cannot be revealed and would be given to the court in a sealed cover for its perusal.
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” PTI quoted.
“As per an arrangement between CBDT and Election Commission of India (ECI), verification of affidavits of the the candidates is undertaken as per provisions of Income Tax Act, 1961,” it further added.
Flaging the role of verification the tax department said “Given that revenue augmentation is the primary concern of the IT department and since increasingly the department is Graduating towards non-intrusive methods, the verification of election affidavits is carried out in respect of specific category of such cases as per agreed parameter between ECI and CBDT”.
This comes days after, the apex court criticised the government for not investigating the massive increase in assets and incomes of legislators from what they disclose at the time of nomination.