The income tax (I-T) department will shortly send notices to the members of Adarsh society in Colaba for the second time because they have failed to give complete replies to the queries posed by the department earlier.
The investigation wing of the I-T department had issued notices to all the 103 members of the society on November 29 giving them 10 days to reply. The department had asked the members six questions (see box) and sought documents to support the responses.
The questions were related to the members’ flats, investments made in them and other details such as returns filed and Permanent Account Numbers.
The department received replies from all members only recently and found some points missing.
“We will send another notice to get those missing details,” a senior I-T officer said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The I-T authorities are checking the members’ sources of income to find out how they paid for the flats.
The authorities are also checking details of those who are not owners, but have relatives who have been allotted flats in the building. “We are doing this to check if these people have pushed unaccounted-for income to support their relatives in buying the flat,” the officer said.
Among the cases being scrutinised is that of former chief minister Ashok Chavan, whose late mother-in-law, Bhagwati Sharma, and sister-in-law, Seema Sharma, own flats in Adarsh. “We are checking whether he had provided the two with any monetary help and whether the money paid is declared or not,” the officer said.
He said that if in any of these cases it is found that somebody, who does not own a flat in Adarsh but has pumped in undisclosed income to help relatives buy houses in the tower, his or her case will be separately investigated.