Income tax department raids across India to curb fake political donations

INDIA. Mumbai: In the continuity of its raids to curb fake donations, the Income tax (IR) The department carried out raids on more than 50 small political parties involved in laundering money received as donations, thus avoiding tax, across the country on Wednesday and Thursday.

Income tax agents carried out the raids in Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Karnataka. Donations totaling more than Rs 2,000 crore are under the scanner, officials said.

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The raids are being carried out based on information provided by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) in June. The CBDT recommended action against political parties claiming income tax exemptions, but flouted the rules, including filing details of monetary contributions they received and updating the address and names of their leaders, official sources said.

Political parties show receipt of donations on paper for the commission they receive for helping donors convert black money.

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During a raid on the Janatawadi Congress Party (JCP) office, IT noted that the party received donations of Rs 70 crore to Rs 80 crore between 2014 and 2022. The JCP office is located in a slum in Chunabhatti, northeast of Mumbai. The “national president” of the JCP is Santosh Katke, who has resided in Zion transit camp for 20 years. He took up his post near Chunabhatti station on hire.

The income tax department checked all the documents to find the donors who gave him money and how he accounted for it. Later, Katke told the media that the IT department implicated him and that IT raided his office after sending all the documents to the ECI.

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Similarly, the IT department raided the offices of 7 other political parties in Mumbai. In Borivali, North Mumbai, the IT department came across a small Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Evening, who received a donation of Rs 50 crore. Surprisingly, Jantawadi Congress Party and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Party had named the same chartered accountant and same reference number in their letter sent to ECI.

In Aurangabad, the IT searched three places, including the Mid-day meal delivery led by a Satish Vyas implicated in financial irregularities.

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  • Raju Vermekar is a Mumbai-based senior journalist who has worked with many daily newspapers. Raju contributes on versatile topics.

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