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Dr Nutan Thakur seek IT probe into allegations made by Anna Hazare
Narendra Ch | 17 Dec 2013

Renowned social activist Dr Nutan Thakur has sought an Income Tax enquiry about the various allegations made by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare in the alleged video of December 2012regarding misuse and misappropriation of donations raised during Ram Lila ground agitations.

In the complaint to the Chairman, Central Board of Direct Taxes,  she said that this alleged video-recording, where Sri Hazare is heard saying that at Ram Lila fasts, more than 3 crore people gave donations and all this money collected in his name has been misappropriated, needs to be enquired into, as per provisions of the Income Tax Act 1961.

She also stated that Sri Hazare’s voice is well-known and easily recognized and seems his own in this video surfacing in November this year, hence his allegations being serious in nature need to be immediately investigated. 

 While a part of these alleged statements are more political in nature (related with data collection),  she pointed out that they are specific allegations as regards collection of huge money in the garb of donations and its inappropriate use has also been specifically mentioned (related with alleged money collection).

Dr Nutan also said that the voice of Sri Hazare is so well-known now that it is easily recognized by one and all, including the complainant.  “To the best of my understanding, this seems to be the actual/real voice of Sri Hazare which he has also not negated so far”, she added.

She felt that this seems to be a matter of great importance to the Income Tax  office and work-assignment because it is being said- (a) that huge money has been collected in unrecorded and possibly unauthorized manner (b) this money has been misused (may be swindled or used for unauthorized and inappropriate purposes).

She also added that as per her knowledge, CBDT is made exactly for these kinds of assignments. Hence, she requested to undertake an enquiry/investigation in the matter including the veracity of this alleged video and its content and bring out the truth, including any inappropriate use of money collection in the manner being alleged by Sri Hazare, in light of the legal provisions enshrined in the Income Tax Act 1961 and its accompanied rules and regulations.