I-T sends notices to 2017 Gujarat poll candidates, MLAs

The income tax department has sent notices to over 70 candidates of the 2017 Gujarat Assembly election to elucidate “mismatch” within the financial income shown in their returns and what was mentioned in their poll affidavits, said officers here Wednesday.

Those who are sent notices include some sitting MLAs.

A total of 74 candidates who had submitted their affidavits to the Election commission for fighting the 2017 polls have been served notices, seeking information for discrepancies in income-related information provided by them, the officers said.

“We have with US poll affidavits of around one,100 candidates WHO had submitted their poll affidavits to the world organization for fighting the 2017 Assembly polls.

“In 74 cases, we found a mismatch in the income shown in their actual returns and what was mentioned in the affidavits.

“Thus, we have served them notices to explain these discrepancies,” mentioned a senior I-T department official.

These 74 individuals include MLAs, some who have lost and a few who have withdrawn their candidature even before selection, stated the official.

He, however did not disclose the identity of sitting legislators who have been served notices.

Congress MLA from Bapunagar Himmatsinh Patel mentioned,” Some of our MLAs have received notices and we will reply to them.”

Congress MLA from Morbi Brijesh Merja said, “The I-T department has the right to send notice to anybody and we, MLAs, as responsible citizens have to give reply to those notices.”

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