The Income Tax (I-T) Department has sent a legal notice to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar notifying him that it has temporarily combined a few Benami properties connected to him and his family.
As indicated by reports, the central agency has appended properties connected to the NCP leader worth over Rs 1,000 crore situated in different states. A flat esteeming Rs 20 crores situated in South Delhi, Parth Pawar's office situated at Nirmal House, assessed to be worth Rs 25 crores, a sugar manufacturing plant in Jarandeshwar esteeming around Rs 600 crores, a hotel in Goa which is accepted to cost around Rs 250 crores have been temporarily appended by the Benami Property Wing of the Income Tax Department.
The central office has additionally provisionally appended 27 pieces of land across Maharashtra, the consolidated market worth of which is assessed to be around with 500 crores. All these properties are assumed to be claimed by Ajit Pawar and his family. Ajit Pawar, the nephew of NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar, will presently have 90 days to demonstrate that the appended properties were not bought with Benami (undisclosed and illegal) cash.
Till the I-T office proceeds with its investigation into the matter, Ajit Pawar can't sell any of these properties. Ajit Pawar is the second senior-most NCP pioneer who is under the scanner of central agencies for hoarding immense illegal property worth several hundred crores.
Other than Ajit Pawar, senior NCP leader and previous Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh is likewise at present being examined by the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI in purported extortion and tax evasion cases.
The Income Tax (I-T) Department had last month uncovered unaccounted revenue worth Rs 184 crore following its inquiries at premises of two real estate groups in Mumbai connected to Ajit Pawar's family. Without naming Pawar or his family, the central tax authority said the proof assembled by it during the searches completed at around 70 premises spread across Mumbai, Pune, Baramati, Goa and Jaipur uncovered "a few prima-facie unaccounted and Benami transactions".
"Implicating records proving unaccounted income of about Rs 184 crore of the two groups have been tracked down," the central organization said in an assertion. On October 7, the tax agency had looked through a firm where Pawar's son, Parth, is a director; a couple of firms possessed by Pawar's sisters; two real estate firms connected to Pawar, and premises of directors of four sugar plants across the state supposedly by implication connected to the Pawar family.
At that point, Pawar had said he generally approved of the searches against him yet was vexed that his sisters were being involved. The I-T department professed to have tracked down that the two real estate organizations infused unaccounted assets across a few organizations through "dubious" exchanges with the "association of an influential family of Maharashtra".