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EC Slams CBDT For ‘Insolence’, CBDT Stays Defiant. Claims Recovery Of Rs. 280 Cr Of Black Money From Politicians

The CBDT is known to be a law unto itself. No amount of strictures from the Courts has any impact on it. Now, it has come into the bad books of the Election Commission with the latter expressing “deep sense of anguish” about the “casual and trivial” approach of the CBDT. The EC has expressed its “extreme displeasure” at the “Stark violation of established protocol“.

Text of letter issued by the Election Commission of India

NIRVACHAN SADAN
ASHOKA ROAD, NEW DELHI 110 001

No. 76/Instructions/2019

Date: 10 April, 2019

To,
Secretary (Revenue, 128A North Block,
New Delhi

Sublect- Advisory dated 7.04.2019 – impartial conduct of enforcement actions – reg

Sir,

The Election Commission of India expresses its deep sense of anguish about the casual and trivial manner in which the advisory to be absolutely neutral, impartial and non, discriminatory has been responded to by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance vide letter F. No. A.50050/15/2019-Ad. I dated 08.04.19.

In pare 3 of aforementioned letter, instead of detailing the modalities of implementing the advisory, Department insolently chose to issue a counter advisory.

The Commission has noted with extreme displeasure, the tone and tenor used for addressing a Constitutional Authority in stark violation of the established Protocol.

Therefore, the Commission reprimands the Department of Revenue for making unwarranted remarks and expects that the directions issued by the Commission m the said advisory are followed in letter as well as in spirit.

Yours Faithfully,

(Avinash Kumar)
Secretary

The provocation for the outburst was the counter advisory from the Department of Revenue which said:

Since it is the responsibility of the Election Commission as also of the revenue agencies to check and eventually eliminate the use of unaccounted money in election, we would also like to urge EC to advise its field officers involved in the enforcement of the model code of conduct to take immediate enforcement action at their end under the election and other appropriate laws, if they come across any specific information about use of illicit money in electoral process …

EC’s field officers may also, if they deem fit, pass on the information confidentially’ to I-T department for ‘taking further necessary action’.

(Image Credit: ET)

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3 comments on “EC Slams CBDT For ‘Insolence’, CBDT Stays Defiant. Claims Recovery Of Rs. 280 Cr Of Black Money From Politicians
  1. Paarth Garg says:

    The term ‘Tax Terrorism’ was first coined by the PM and then reiterated by Jaitley as FM.

  2. K.VASANTKUMAR says:

    Another feather in the cap of CBDT. If Mr.Modi is chowkidar of nation CBDT is chowkidar of BJP. HOW come not even single case of ruling party politician being raided.Earlier Chairman is given a coveted post.Present Chairman is in ‘Q’ for it.

    • N G Nileshwar says:

      It is a one way street. Every ruling party appears to be doing this.
      When the set-up changes, it will be the other way round.

      Make hay while the sun shines. Ultimate beneficiary is the citizen of India.

      One should not pretend to be honest but be honest to one’s own self.

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