Congress to stage nationwide protest on Rs 1,800 Income Tax notice tomorrow

Rate this post

New Delhi: Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Ajay Maken during a press conference, in New Delhi, Friday, March 29, 2024. (Photo: PTI)

The Congress party is set to stage a nationwide protest against a notice from the Income Tax (I-T) department, asking it to pay over Rs 1,800 crore.

“Eight years of Income Tax returns of the Indian National Congress [INC] have been reopened on baseless, manufactured grounds to levy patently illegal Income Tax demand orders totaling thousands of crores of rupees. This is nothing but a blatant and naked attack on the very principle of democracy,” wrote the Congress in an official statement.

“In light of this egregious attack on democracy and the imposition of tax terrorism on our party amidst the crucial Lok Sabha elections, All Pradesh Congress Committees [PCCs] are requested to hold massive public demonstrations at the state and district headquarters in their respective states tomorrow and the following day, involving senior leaders and party functionaries. Massive protest demonstrations shall be held in all constituencies, led by our party candidates. Protest demonstrations, including mashal juloos, shall be conducted in all districts by the district Congress committees,” they added.

Earlier in the day, the Income Tax department served a fresh notice of Rs 1,823 crore to the Congress for discrepancies in tax returns for previous years, dealing a blow to the cash-strapped party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The tax penalties, along with interest, relate to discrepancies in tax returns for the years 2017-18 to 2020-21.

Addressing a press conference at the AICC headquarters, General Secretary Jairam Ramesh accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of “indulging in tax terrorism”. Through the “electoral bonds scam,” Ramesh said the “BJP has collected Rs 8,200 crore and used the route of “pre-paid, post-paid, post-raid bribes and shell companies.”

“The Congress has received a demand of Rs 1,823 crore from the Income Tax department. They have raised a demand of Rs 53 crore alone from 1993-94 when Sitaram Kesri was the president,” party treasurer Ajay Maken said. He further alleged that the BJP is in serious violation of Income Tax laws and said the I-T department should raise a demand of more than Rs 4,600 crore from the saffron party for such violations.

“Going by the fines that the Income Tax department for so-called violations, the BJP should then pay a penalty of Rs 4,600 crore,” he said, adding that the Congress party will move the Supreme Court early next week.

The Congress is already facing a funds crunch after Income Tax authorities imposed a penalty of Rs 210 crore and froze its funds. The party has not received any relief from the High Court in the case and is likely to move the Supreme Court.

Source link

Visit for practical courses

Pooja Gupta

CA Pooja Gupta (CA, ISA, having 15 years of experience. Educator and Digital Creator

Disclaimer:- The opinions presented are exclusively those of the author and CA Guruji Classes. The material in this piece is intended purely for informational purposes and for individual, non-commercial consumption. It does not constitute expert guidance or an endorsement by any organization. The author, the organization, and its associates are not liable for any form of loss or harm resulting from the information in this article, nor for any decisions made based on it. Furthermore, no segment of this article or newsletter should be employed for any intention unless granted in written form, and we maintain the legal right to address any unauthorized utilization of our article or newsletter.

CA Pooja Gupta (CA, ISA, having 15 years of experience. Educator and Digital Creator

Leave a Comment