Key Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal sought more time to respond to the income tax department’s notice, asking him to clear the Rs9.27-lakh dues, pending since he resigned from service in 2006.
“I am consulting my friends and will take a decision in a week or 10 days. They had given me very little time,” Kejriwal said as the deadline for paying the dues ended on Thursday.
On August 5, the office of the chief commissioner of income tax issued a notice to Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service officer, on charges of violating the provisions of the bond he had signed before going on a study leave.
Kejriwal went abroad on a two-year study leave between November 2000 and 2002. In 2004, he went on leave without pay, and resigned in 2006. The bond conditions required him to finish three years of service following the study leave.
The department invoked this to claim the dues. The IT department says it had regularly written to Kejriwal, for clearance of his dues but Kejriwal had been demanding a waiver of the dues, considering his contribution to the Right to Information (RTI) movement for which he won the Magsasay award.
Kejriwal also claimed that he did not violate any bond provisions and quit the government job after the stipulated three years of rejoining duty, following his study leave.
Earlier, Kejriwal and other team Anna members attacked the notice, terming it as an action of the government’s “dirty tricks department” under instructions from their political bosses.