Delhi Lokayukta slams Delhi Finance department
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Last Updated: Friday, January 27, 2012, 21:36
New Delhi: Delhi's Lokayukta on Friday came down heavily on the city government's Finance department, accusing it of trying to "scuttle" an inquiry into a whistleblower's complaint alleging a Rs 129-crore scam involing tax liability against Reliance Energy Ltd.

In an order, Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin said that he had perused an anonymous whistleblower's complaint alleging that in a case of Reliance Energy, an Anil Ambani Group company, a tax liability of over Rs 129 crore was levied in 2006.

However, 10 months later on an application filed by the company in November 2008, an Additional Commissioner of the Tax department had reviewed his earlier order and himself held that the appellant was entitled to exemption from sales tax.

This was in conflict with the stand taken by the Administrative department before the Delhi High Court that the company was not entitled to such exemption.

He charged the Finance department with trying to scuttle a preliminary inquiry into the charges by consistently refusing to provide the requisite information to him. He gave the department time till February 13 to provide a complete record of office notes, orders and correspondence in this regard.


First Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 21:36

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