I-T claims discrepancies in Koda`s poll expenses

The Income Tax department has found alleged discrepancies in the actual expenditure and documentation of Lok Sabha poll expenses of former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 21:47 PM IST

Ranchi/New Delhi: The Income Tax
department has found alleged discrepancies in the actual
expenditure and documentation of Lok Sabha poll expenses of
former Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda.

Koda was elected a Member of Parliament from Singhbhum
Lok Sabha constituency after the 2009 General Elections.

Sources said the department found overspending by Koda
in the election when they scrutinised Koda`s documents and
papers they had seized during the nationwide searches on him
and his associates last year during the probe for alleged tax
evasion.

The Enforcement Directorate and the CBI are also
probing alleged illegal investments and hawala transactions
against the former Chief Minister and his associates.

Sources in the department said that they were
forwarding their findings in a detailed report to the
Election Commission for further action.

"The EC is empowered to take further action under the
Representation of the Peoples Act in this case. The department
will share the documents obtained from media houses on
advertising among others, to the EC," sources said.

A separate case for alleged tax evasion will be made
under the Income Tax Act, they said adding the department will
also send a separate notice to Koda on these discrepancies.

A candidate fighting Lok Sabha elections in Jharkhand
is allowed to spend a maximum of Rs 25 lakh for poll campaign
by the Election Commission.

-PTI