SHILLONG, April 17 - Income Tax officials have issued notices to certain Meghalaya legislators seeking explanation on the sudden rise in their income.
The IT sleuths have issued the notices after analysis of the affidavits filed by these legislators in 2008 and 2013. �We have issued the notices to the politicians whose income has shown a sharp increase between 2008 and 2013,� a senior IT official told The Assam Tribune here today.
Some of the legislators have shown a steep rise in their assets during a period of five years. Since the affidavit only gives details about the assets in terms of numbers, the source of the rise in income is not clear.
Therefore, as part of the notice, the IT department has given time to these politicians to explain their source of income. �These politicians would have to explain the source from where they have generated their income, which seems disproportionate in certain cases� the official added.
The notices were served as part of a nationwide crackdown on black money. The IT department has been directed to probe into accounts which showed substantial deposit post the demonetisation policy of the Central Government.
According to sources, several bank accounts in the State have been identified and the IT department would be investigating into these cases too together with other Central and State agencies.
There are reports that several non-tribal individuals and entities have deposited �unaccounted money� into the accounts of tribals as the latter are exempted from paying Income Tax.
However, IT officials have reiterated on several instances that even accounts of tribals would be probed if the deposits don�t match their known source of income.