The income tax department issued a notice to the Aam Admi Party on Monday — a day before AAP’s landslide win in Delhi assembly polls — seeking clarification over alleged charges of receipt of funds (Rs 2 crore) from dubious sources.
The notice, a copy of which is with HT, has been issued under Section 131(1A) of the Income Tax Act 1961, and is returnable by February 16, else the party will have to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000.
“Your attendance is required in connection with the proceedings under the Income Tax Act 1961, in the case of M/s Goldmine Buildcon Pvt Ltd, M/s Sunvision Agencies Pvt Ltd, M/s Skyline Metals and Alloys Pvt Ltd and M/s Infolance Software Solutions Pvt Ltd and also your own case. You are hereby required to give evidence/produce either personally or cause to produce through an authorised representative the documents specified below on or before 16.02.2015,” reads the notice.
Last week, the AAP Volunteer Action Manch (AVAM), a breakaway group of the party, had questioned the sources of funding for the Kejriwal-led party, alleging some of it could be sourced from “fraud’ companies.
The notice sent by Om Prakash, deputy director, Income Tax Investigations, further said that the party needs to produce books of accounts showing the trail of the said transactions.
Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had questioned AAP on the “dubious funding” issue, saying political donations made through cheques “do not purify the transaction”.
The IT department has issued a similar notice to the Congress too. Acknowledging that the party had received a donation cheque of Rs 10 lakh from a company, the Congress spokesperson said the party will respond to the notice accordingly.
Motilal Vora, treasurer of the All India Congress Committee, said the company had given a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to the party in November last year with a cover letter furnishing all the details including the PAN number, etc.
Vora’s colleague and party spokesperson PC Chacko cautioned against politicising the issue. He said issuing such notices by the IT department is a process of law, but the fact is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had himself made an allegation. “I do not know if the notice was issued because of the prime minister levelling the allegation. This should not be with some kind of prejudice.”
(With agency inputs)