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HC allows I-T dept to probe Maya’s wealth

New Delhi, February 13
In a setback to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the Delhi High Court today allowed the Income Tax (I-T) department to go ahead with reassessment of her income for the financial year 2001-02.

A Bench, headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen, dismissed BSP supremo Mayawati’s plea seeking to restrain the department from re-assessing her income, claiming that a prior mandatory notice was not served on her.

The court, while passing the order, said Mayawati had failed to prove her case.

The UP Chief Minister had moved the court, challenging the I-T department’s decision to re-assess her income for 2001-02.

Mayawati, in her petition, had claimed that she did not receive any notice from the I-T department which was mandatory under the Income Tax law for reassessing income. She had, earlier on January 7, slammed the I-T department for reassessing her income without serving her the notice.

“The department initiated proceeding against me without serving me the notice which is mandatory in law,” she had claimed, seeking a direction to set aside the department’s proceedings.

The I-T department had refuted her contentions.

“Notice was issued on March 24, last year at her Humayun Road residence in Delhi but it was said that she had shifted to Lucknow. The notice was then sent by mail to her Nehru Road address. It was then re-directed to Chief Ministerial residence at Kalidas Road and then it returned back to the department,” the I-T department had claimed. The BSP chief, however, had denied that she refused to receive the I-T department’s notice. She also refuted the charge that the notice was re-directed by her to another address. — PTI

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