I-T dept sends notices to two NGOs of Kiran Bedi

The I-Tax dept has sent notices to the two NGOs run by Kiran Bedi to find out whether they are engaged in commercial activities.

Updated: Oct 29, 2011, 00:27 AM IST

New Delhi: The Income Tax Department has
sent notices to the two NGOs run by Team Anna member Kiran
Bedi to find out whether they are engaged in commercial
activities.

"We are not targeting any particular NGO or charitable
trust. In fact, we have sent notices to several organisations,
including those run by Kiran Bedi. We want to see if any one
of them are engaged in commercial activities also," a senior
finance ministry official said.

Bedi, who had founded India Vision Foundation and Navjyoti
India Foundation, however, denied that her NGOs were engaged
in kind of commercial activity.

"We are not engaged in any commercial activity for profit
and every year we have been filing our account statement
before the Revenue authorities. We are in this work for
making the difference in people`s lives and making them
better, self-reliant citizens," she said.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) enjoy tax exemptions
under the Income Tax Act as they are engaged in charitable
activities and provide education and medical relief to the
poor.

Bedi, a former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, is a
key member of Anna Hazare`s team which has launched the
anti-corruption crusade and is fighting for an effective Lokpal Bill.

Bedi was in the news recently for allegedly inflating
travel bills and overcharging hosts.

Another key member of Team Anna, Arvind Kejriwal had
received income tax notice for clearing dues to the tune of Rs
9.27 lakh. He was to reply to the notice by October 27, but
has sought more time.

According to the tax official, "the department has given
him enough time. But it is for the Chief Commissioner
concerned to take a call on the request (for more time)."

Kejriwal, a former Indian Revenue Service (IRS) official,
was asked to pay Rs 9.27 lakh for violating the service rules
by not fulfilling the bond conditions which required him to
serve the department for three years.

According to the tax official, Kejriwal went abroad on a
two-year study leave between 2000 and 2002. Thereafter, in
2004 he went on leave-without-pay and resigned in 2006, the
official said, adding Kejriwal did not complete the three-year
service period.

PTI