24,000 land diversion tax defaulters in the net
THE LAND diversion cell at Collectorate has issued notices to about 24,000 persons and institutions for not depositing land diversion tax worth Rs 12 crore, as per the provisions of MP Land Revenue Code 1959.india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 17:30 IST
THE LAND diversion cell at Collectorate has issued notices to about 24,000 persons and institutions for not depositing land diversion tax worth Rs 12 crore, as per the provisions of MP Land Revenue Code 1959.
The list of 2006-07 defaulters projects an interesting mix of builders, politicians, businessmen, charitable trusts, religious organisations, banks, insurance company, educational institutions, State Government, erstwhile royalty and Indore Development Authority (IDA). The largest number of defaulters are, however, the housing co-operative societies.
Among other areas, Palasiahana has a prominent list of tax evaders. They include Recovery Hospital through Dr Vipin Goel (Rs 1.44 lakh, has court stay), Dr Sheetal Bandi (Rs 1.62 lakh), State Bank of Indore Manager (Rs 1.82 lakh), Embassy Hotel (Rs 1.50 lakh) Laxmi Tower through Dinesh Badjatya (Rs 2.09 lakh), Crown Palace hotel (Rs 2.30 lakh /Rs 93,000 deposited), Industry House through Sanjay Choudhary (Rs 2.39 lakh), Sanghi Automobile through Sharad Sanghi (Rs 1.16 lakh), Bansi Plaza (Rs 2.57 lakh), Amaltas Hotel (Rs 4.71 lakh), MP Financial Corporation (Rs 6.35 lakh) Ahinsa Tower (Rs 6.73 lakh) Apollo Tower (Rs 11.72 lakh) Malwa United Mills (Rs 13.63 lakh).
The defaulters at Nipaniya include Jagran Social Welfare Society through Harimohan Gupta (Rs 9.74 lakh), Natraj Grah Nirman Sahkari Sanstha through chairman and BJP leader Manoj Malpani (Rs 6.60 lakh) and Choithram Foundation (Rs 6.84 lakh).
Talking of IDA, it has to pay Rs 1.68 crore as diversion charges for its land in Hukma Khedi alone. Similarly, Mangal Amusement Park through Ramesh Mangal has to pay Rs 3.55 lakh while Prominent Educational Society through chairman M H Meer needs to shell out Rs 36 lakh for land diversion at Pipaliyakumar.
The defaulters at Pipaliyarao include Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (Rs 4.71 lakh), Choithram Foundation Charitable Trust (Rs 8.37 lakh) and Choithram Charitable Trust (Rs 2.11 lakh).
The tax evasion at Bicholi Mardana appears highest. The non-payers include land developer Surendra Sanghvi (Rs 2 lakh), Congress ex-MLA Satyanarayan Patel (Rs 1.45 lakh. His relatives owe over Rs 29 lakh to diversion cell) businessmen Vijay Gandhi/ OT Gandhi (Rs 1.95 lakh), Suresh Singh Bhadoria (Rs 4.03 lakh). Likewise, Ruchi Soya Industries has to pay Rs 12 lakh for its Talavalichaanda land.
Since not many have responded to tax notices, they will be served a second notice soon. “We’ll be sending them another notice before taking further action. There are directives from Bhopal to speed up tax recovery,” SDO Uma Shankar Bhargava told Hindustan Times.