Seer?s body issued fake IT exemption papers?
MURLIDHAR KRIPA Hospital and Research Centre of Maksi, near here, has alleged that the Delhi-based Vishwa Jagriti Mission, headed by religious leader Sudhanshu Maharaj, has issued fake Income Tax (IT) exemption certificates to it.Updated: Apr 01, 2006 14:01 IST
MURLIDHAR KRIPA Hospital and Research Centre of Maksi, near here, has alleged that the Delhi-based Vishwa Jagriti Mission, headed by religious leader Sudhanshu Maharaj, has issued fake Income Tax (IT) exemption certificates to it.
The Murlidhar Kripa Hospital Trust donated about Rs 54 lakh to the Vishwa Jagriti Mission over a period of 2-3 years. The Mission in turn issued 80-G IT exemption certificates to the Hospital to be furnished the same to the Income Tax Department for IT exemptions.
The controversy began when the Income Tax Department, Mumbai, rejected the income tax exemption claim of the Hospital Trust on the grounds that the 80-G exemption certificates issued by the Vishwa Jagriti Mission were fake.
Facing a criminal offence case, the hospital trust wrote a letter to the Director of Income Tax (Exemptions) asking the
department to clarify whether the 80-G certificates issued by the Mission were genuine or fake.
In his reply to Raman Lal Soni, the IT consultant engaged by the Trust, dated March 2, 2006 (a copy of which is in possession of HT), Director of Income Tax (Exemptions) R M Garg clarified “….none of four 80-G exemption certificates mentioned in your letter … was issued by this office in favour of Vishwa Jatriti Mission”.
Gard in fact said, “This is to inform you that Vishwa Jagriti Mission has not been registered under section 12-A of the IT Act by this office”, the reply further said. For getting 80-G exemption certificates, it is mandatory to register under Section 12-A of IT Act.
“I was shocked to learn that the Mission is resorting to such illegal activities. Actually, I got suspicious of the Mission activities when I got a mail in which it was mentioned that 12-A registration of Mission was renewed. As per IT Rules, the 12-A is either registered or cancelled, it is never renewed”, Murlidhar Kripa Hospital and Research Centre chairman MP Mansinghka said over phone from Nagpur.
“Though I have written several times to the Mission regarding this, there has been no response from them so far, compelling me to approach the IT Department in Delhi”, added Mansinghka, who was once a lieutenant of Sudhanshu Maharaj.
While Director of Income Tax (Exemptions), New Delhi, R M Garg could not be contacted due to his preoccupation with some urgent work, his office in Delhi confirmed that the Department did not issue 80-G exemption certificate to Vishwa Jagriti Mission.
In spite of several attempts, neither Sudhanshu Maharaj nor his office could be contacted.