As days inches closer to the general election 2019, there are a lot of revelation and accusations by a political party on another political party. However, amid of this tug of war between the political parties, Congress party chief, Rahul Gandhi and party vice president, Sonia Gandhi, seem to have got a bad news from the Income Tax (IT) department on January 9. In a notice sent by the IT department to the Gandhis, as per TOI report, the Gandhis have been demanded to pay the “escaped income” of Rs. 100 crore of the 2011-2012 assessment year. The whole thing is said to be of 2011-2012 and is related to Associated Journals Limited (AJL).
The Congress party chief, Rahul Gandhi, had declared the income of Rs. 68.12 Lacs in 2011-2012 while the income tax department claims that the “escaped income” over the declared assets worths Rs. 155 crores. On the other hand, the tax liability of Rs. 44 crores on Sonia Gandhi is challenged by Congress leaders and the same was communicated by former finance minister, P. Chidambaram, who is representating Sonia Gandhi’s side in the apex court as he called the amount erroneously imposed on Gandhi. The Additional Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, however, briefed the apex court that the Income Tax department had passed an order to demand Rs. 100 crore from Gandhis, however, no action has been taken by the department as held in abeyance to the court’s order.
The Gandhis are challenging the Delhi High Court’s order passed on September 10 to reopen Gandhis’ tax assessment of 2011-2012. The Congress party chief as well as party vice president are accused of evading income tax returns of 2011-2012 and not declaring the real income in the income tax return filing in the year. The apex court has asked the Gandhis to submit the affidavit in the case along with the copy of the circular issued by CBDT on December 31, 2018. The case is adjourned till January 29, 2019. The mother-son duo will have to prove themselves clean in the case, failing which, the case may damage their image before public which may not be an affordable step at this time when general election is so close.
(Source: TOI report)