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Ex-CJI says I-T return contents cannot be disclosed

NHRC Chairperson Justice KG Balakrishnan has told Income Tax authorities that details of his I-T returns cannot be disclosed but he had no objection in revealing his total income or taxable income.



Kochi: NHRC Chairperson Justice K G
Balakrishnan has told Income Tax authorities that details of
his I-T returns cannot be disclosed but he had no objection in
revealing his total income or taxable income and the amount
paid as income tax during 2005-10.

Balakrishan, who has come under attack for alleged amassing
of wealth by his family members, stated this in his counter
affidavit filed before the Additional Commissioner of Income
Tax, Kochi, in response to an RTI appeal which sought details
of I-T returns filed by him and his family members.
"...the petitioner/appellant is not entitled to get the
details of the Income Tax returns as it is a personal document
and disclosure of which is prohibited uner RTI Act," the
former CJI said.
"I reiterate my stand made clear in my reply on February 5
given to the petition filed by the appellant. That may be read
as part of the counter statement. I have no objection in
disclosing my total income or taxable income or the amount
paid as income tax during the 2005 to 2010," he said.

Income Tax authorities had in February last declined to
reveal details of tax returns filed by Balakrishnan and his
family members on the RTI application by Dr T Balachandran,
Executive Member of Kerala RTI Federation, after the NHRC
Chairman objected to the disclosures.

PTI

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