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FIR filed against Delhi immigration official for harassment

The woman, whose identity was not revealed, claimed that immigration officer Vinod Kumar harassed her by asking "several uncomfortable personal questions" at the immigration counter before she boarded the flight to Hong Kong, where she went to meet her husband

 

Delhi Police on Tuesday registered an FIR against an immigration official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for verbal sexual harassment of a woman passenger who took a flight to Hong Kong on March 18.
 
Deputy Commissioner of Police M.I. Haider told IANS that a First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against the immigration official on charges of sexual harassment and investigation in the case in on.
 
The official has not been arrested yet, he added.
 
The woman, whose identity was not revealed, claimed that immigration officer Vinod Kumar harassed her by asking "several uncomfortable personal questions" at the immigration counter before she boarded the flight to Hong Kong, where she went to meet her husband.
 
She said the officer not only harassed her during the immigration process at the desk, but also by following her along at the escalator between the domestic and international transfer.
 
After the media highlighted the issue, the home ministry, under which the immigration department falls, took action by suspending the immigration official March 27 and also set up a departmental inquiry.
 

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SEBI has one woman member on its Board

Market regulator SEBI is gearing up to penalise listed companies not having a woman director on their boards

 

Correction: Rectified after clarification from IANS and SEBI

 

Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) is gearing up to penalise listed companies not having a woman director on their boards despite the Indian markets regulator itself not meeting the requirement. SEBI itself has just one woman director on its Board.
 
Clarifying to earlier reports that the market regulator does not have a woman member on its board, SEBI said: "secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Anjuli Chib Duggal is a member of the SEBI Board."
 
As per the company law, every listed company or every other public company having a paid up capital of Rs100 crore or more or a turnover of Rs.300 crore or more should have a woman on its board by 31 March 2015.
 
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai a couple of days back, SEBI chairman UK Sinha said it is very shameful that the listed companies were not able to find one competent woman to be on their board and the panel would take a serious view of those companies that do not abide by the stipulation.
 
He cited the penalties levied by SEBI on those listed companies that did not comply with the regulation of bringing down the promoter holding to 25 percent.
 
Supreme Court advocate D. Varadarajan, however, told IANS that the "SEBI Act does not provide for reservations in favour of women". 
 
"The law provides only for members," said the lawyer who specialises in insurance and company law.

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I-T department publishes names of big tax defaulters

The defaulters' names were put up on the department's website last week, while a senior official told IANS here that the newspaper notice, apart from being a novel way of shaming defaulters, would also help in tracing them

 

With the curtains coming down on the current fiscal, the Income Tax department on Tuesday for the first time issued newspaper notices on 18 tax defaulters -- 11 of them Gujarat-based -- who collectively owe over Rs500 crore to the exchequer.
 
The defaulters' names were put up on the department's website last week, while a senior official told IANS here that the newspaper notice, apart from being a novel way of shaming defaulters, would also help in tracing them.
 
In view of multiple cases of assessees not being traceable, which has reduced chances of recovery, the Central Board of Direct Taxes has provided the PAN number and the last-known address of these defaulters so that the public could give information about their whereabouts.
 
The list includes Somani Cement with tax arrears of Rs27.47 crore; Blue Information Technology with Rs75.11 crore in arrears; Appletech Solutions at Rs27.07 crore; and Jupiter Business with Rs21.31 crore.
 
The Gujarat-based companies in the list include Icon Bio Pharma and Healthcare Ltd., Banyan and Berry Alloys, Virag Dyeing and Printing, Poonam Industries and Kunvar Ajay Food -- all with arrears ranging from Rs15 crore to Rs19 crore.
 
Other companies in the list include Jaipur-based Goldsukh Trade India (Rs75.47 crore) and Kolkata-based Victor Credit and Construction (Rs13.81 crore).
 
The department will meet its projected target of collecting Rs700,000 crore in income tax in the 2014-15 fiscal, a senior income tax official told IANS earlier this month.
 
Meanwhile, at a time when unaccounted wealth of Indians stashed away in foreign banks is under the scanner, the income tax department has shifted its attention from civil consequences to criminal consequences in serious cases of tax evasion.
 
"In its crusade against black money and with a view to having credible deterrence against generation of black money, the government has shifted its focus to successfully prosecuting the offenders in the shortest possible time," the finance ministry said in a statement last month.
 
"During 2014-15 (up to December 2014), the income tax department had conducted searches in 414 groups and seized undisclosed assets of Rs582 crore," the statement added.
 
Undisclosed income of Rs6,769 crore has been admitted by the taxpayers during such searches.
 
Saying that the focus of investigation in the department had so far been on civil consequences, or revenue augmentation, the ministry said over 600 prosecution complaints have been filed in the current fiscal up to December 2014.
 
Reacting to an Indian Express report last month that 1,195 Indians were in the list of clients who have accounts in HSBC bank's Geneva branch from 2006-2007, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: "The details that have come out are the ones we already have."
 
The central government has completed assessment of 350 foreign accounts while tax-evasion proceedings have been initiated against 60 account holders, Jaitley told reporters here.
 
In this connection, at the G20 Brisbane summit in November 2014, leaders endorsed a new global transparency standard by which more than 90 jurisdictions will begin automatic exchange of tax information, using a common reporting standard by 2017-2018.
 
India has no official estimates of illegal money stashed away overseas, but the unofficial ones range from $466 billion to $1.4 trillion.
 

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COMMENTS

Pantulu

2 years ago

It is strange that big defaulters simply escape while
already taxed money saved in banks is taxed if form 15H is not submitted in April.Is it logical to concentrate on petty amounts while writing off huge amounts.ABC analysis is simply missing in our system.

Pantulu

2 years ago

It is strange that big defaulters simply escape while
already taxed money saved in banks is taxed if form 15H is not submitted in April.Is it logical to concentrate on petty amounts while writing off huge amounts.ABC analysis is simply missing in our system.

RAJKUMAR B PRASAD

2 years ago

GOVT IS HIDDEN THE NAME OF BIG DE-FAULT ER

SAVING THE BIG PEOPLE WHY

Vidul Nagda

2 years ago

Yes. Where has that name disappered?

Chandragupta Acharya

2 years ago

If I am not wrong, Hasan Ali was India's biggest income tax defaulter. When and how did he move out of the list?

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