The Income Tax Department has sent a notice to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president and former union minister Sharad Pawar amidst a political battle between the government and the opposition in the parliament. The Income Tax department has served this notice on the basis of the affidavit Pawar had submitted before the last election. The I-T department has served notices to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Minister Aditya Thackeray and NCP leader Supriya Sule as well.
The department has sought information through these notices on the affidavits filed in the last few elections. When reporters approached Pawar, asking about the notice, he quipped, “They (the I-T department) love a few people more than others.”
The opposition circles are agog in questioning the notices, saying the ruling BJP is “witch-hunting” constituents of the Maharashtra government of Shiv Sena-NCP-INC.
Pawar and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena joined the ranks of other opposition parties in the monsoon session of the parliament to oppose the agriculture-related bills. The NCP chief has announced a day-long fast to show solidarity with the Rajya Sabha MPs whom the chair suspended for the rest of the running session.
The Election Commission, meanwhile, has urged the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to investigate the allegation of false affidavits against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son and cabinet minister Aaditya Thackeray, Sharad Pawar and his daughter, MP Supriya Sule.
Sources said that the EC had submitted these complaints to CBDT a month ago. It recently reminded them again. The commission has urged the tax department to examine the veracity of assets and liabilities in the election affidavits.
Under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act, if a person is found guilty of furnishing false information in an affidavit, he can be sentenced to six months in jail, fine or both.