Substantial rise in assets of 7 Lok Sabha MPs, 98 MLAs: CBDT to Supreme Court

Substantial rise in assets of 7 Lok Sabha MPs, 98 MLAs: CBDT to Supreme Court

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has told the Supreme Court that there has been a substantial hike in the assets of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs across the country and “discrepancies” have been found.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court yesterday, CBDT has said that election affidavits filed by these politicians as per the list given by an NGO, have been examined and discrepancies have been found in the cases of seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs.

The CBDT said it would further probe the issue and place before the apex court in a sealed cover the relevant documents relating to the assets of these lawmakers.

The tax department said they have probed the allegations by the NGO, which has sought disclosure of the sources of income by the candidates contesting elections when they file nomination for polls, regarding alleged increase in assets of 26 Lok Sabha and 11 Rajya Sabha MPs and 257 MLAs.

The CBDT’s affidavit has been filed as the apex court had on September 6 asked the government to file a detailed affidavit before it in this regard by September 12.

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