THE INCOME Tax Department is all set to initiate legal proceedings against an officer of the chief minister’s personal security, who has not even bothered to take cognizance of repeated notices served on him by the department seeking details/clarification on his properties and assets worth crores of rupees.
Highly-placed sources of the department said on Tuesday that the officer, who has been given two out-of-turn promotions, mainly because of his proximity to the powers-that-be, has amassed huge properties in different places, including a 24 bigha farm in Mohanlalganj, a house said to be worth more than Rs one crore in Alambagh area and two huge plots, one of which is in Gomti Nagar. Besides, various other properties have been detected which allegedly belong to the officer but many of them were in others’ names (‘benami’), claimed the sources, adding that the officer has not filed income tax returns as well.
The I-T Department has in its possession concrete evidences of properties of the officer acquired in the last few years and it was on the basis of these facts that it served notices on him.
Now, since the department has not received any response from the officer, it would refer the case to its own Economic Offence Court. On the other hand, Police Department sources said that the government was so nice to the officer that it issued a GO confirming his promotion to the post of inspector, that to without the selection committee nod.
As per rules, no S-I can be promoted to the post of inspector without facing the selection committee. However, nobody raised his voice against the two promotions of the officer for obvious reasons.
Meanwhile, the I-T Department has sought details of various raids conducted by the Lucknow Electricity Supply Administration (LESA) to detect power thefts in which the defaulter power consumers had paid lakhs of rupees cash down to avoid disconnection.
In addition to this, the I-T sleuths have also sought details from the LESA of all the power consumers of the state capital, who were paying monthly electricity bill of Rs 20,000 or more.