Bihar: JD(U) files complaint with Income Tax on BJP's land deals

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Patna, Dec 16: With the expiry of its ultimatum to BJP to answer questions on large-scale purchase of land ahead of demonetisation, JD(U) today lodged a complaint with the Income Tax department seeking lawful action. JD(U) has sought action under Income Tax Act, 1961 into the matter, party spokesman Niraj Kumar said.

The complaint was signed by him and two other JD(U) spokesmen Sanjay Singh and Rajiv Rajan Prasad and sent to Income Tax department through a lawyer. When contacted, IT Director (Investigation) Ashok Kumar Sinha told PTI that he is yet to receive any complaint in this regard.

JD(U) files complaint on BJP's land deal

The JD(U) leaders had yesterday served an "ultimatum" to BJP, asking it to respond "within 24 hours" to the questions raised by them over large-scale land purchase made by it ahead of demonetisation.

They drew attention of the IT authorities that crores of rupees had been spent by BJP to purchase land for opening offices in different districts before the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

"According to the information collected, it has come to light that BJP not only committed financial irregularities in the land deals, but also used black money ... Surprise purchase of land on a large-scale before Union government enforced demonetisation gives rise to several doubts," they said in the complaint.

"In some cases while the payment was made through bank RTGS, in few others cash was given," it added. "A meticulous look into the purchase highlights that while the registration of the lands have been made in the name of BJP, the payment has been made by somebody else.

"In majority of the cases, PAN number given in the purchase documents are of persons other than the person who made the payment," they claimed and urged IT authorities to thoroughly probe the deals. The JD-U leaders had earlier said they have collected details about purchase of land by BJP in 31 places in Bihar between August and November.

Stepping up its attack on BJP after Chief Minister Nitish Kumar questioned its silence on land deals, JD(U) had recently rejected the defence of BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and new state party chief Nityanand Rai that payments for land purchase were made through RTGS and issued details of area of land bought, registration, name of sellers and sources of payment.

The JD(U) leaders made public registry of land purchases in different districts of the state in support of their allegation of corruption.

PTI 

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