The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told the Supreme Court on September 11 that a prima facie verification of election affidavits by the Directors General of Income Tax has indicated discrepancies in the income disclosures made by seven Lok Sabha members and 98 MLAs. It did not disclose their names, though.
“The prima facie verification with known sources of income has indicated discrepancy and therefore is taken up for further ‘investigation’ which may include reference to the assessing officer for making assessment,” the CBDT said in its affidavit filed before a Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer, which is hearing a PIL on electoral reforms.
The PIL is filed by an NGO to pressure candidates to disclose their sources of income in their election affidavits. Listing 26 Lok Sabha members, 11 Rajya Sabha members and 257 MLAs, the NGO had demanded that their income growth should be scrutinized. 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. The verification reports of nine RS members and 42 MLAs are pending.