IT dept moves SC for inspecting Hindalco documents seized by CBI

IT dept moves SC for inspecting Hindalco documents seized by CBI New Delhi: Income Tax department Thursday sought Supreme Court's direction to CBI to allow its officers to inspect documents seized by the investigation agency from the premises of Hindalco in order to initiate proceedings against Aditya Birla Group under the Income Tax Act.

The department moved an application as the apex court had restrained the agency, investigating in coal block allocation scam, not to share any information and documents pertaining to its probe with anybody without its approval.

In the application filed by Joint Director of Income Tax Alka Gautam, the department sought permission to allow one of its officers to go through the documents collected by CBI while raiding the premises of Hindalco across the country in which unaccounted cash of around Rs 25 crore was recovered.

"It is submitted that the documents seized by CBI are required to be inspected only to ascertain whether they will be useful in the proceedings initiated against Aditya Birla Group under the Income Tax Act. If permitted by this court, the documents will be inspected by Ankita Pandey," the application said.

The department assured the court that CBI probe in the case will be anyway affected if it is allowed to go through the documents seized by the agency.

"It is learnt that the CBI had conducted countrywide searches at the premises of Hindalco Industries Ltd in October 2013 and it is believed that the CBI has seized certain documents some of which may be relevant for the proceedings under the Income Tax Act," it said.