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I-T field inquiries at firms connected to Gadkari’s Purti group

Sources in the I-T department said the exercise was in continuation of the earlier searches carried out at the shell companies related to the Purti group in Mumbai

 

Mumbai: The Income Tax (I-T) department on Tuesday launched on-field inquiries at nine locations in Mumbai belonging to alleged shell companies related to Nitin Gadkari’s Purti group, a day before he seeks a second straight term as BJP president, reports PTI.

 

Sources in the I-T department said the exercise by its investigation wing was in continuation of the earlier searches carried out at the shell companies (entities which serve as a vehicle for business transactions without themselves having any significant assets or operations) related to the Purti group in Mumbai.

 

“We are verifying the addresses of the companies, the nature of the business and (whether) do they really exist,” an I-T source said.

 

According to the sources, the inquiries followed “certain doubts” raised by the Pune branch of the department, which asked its Mumbai counterpart to inquire into those.

 

“If need be, we will record the statements of the persons whose names are shown as directors of these companies,” the sources told PTI on condition of anonymity.

 

Gadkari, who was asked by the Income Tax department to appear before it yesterday in connection with the probe into alleged dubious investments in Purti group of companies, had sought more time to present his case.

 

Citing his preoccupation with party work as the reason for his inability to appear before the tax authorities, he sought fresh time, sources had said yesterday.

 

They said he has been asked to appear on 1st February.

 

Two authorised representatives of Gadkari had met I-T officials in Nagpur and submitted a 25-page document in reply to department’s questions regarding his personal transactions and investments related to the Purti group and few other companies.

 

Gadkari, who had earlier denied allegations of any wrongdoing and said he had resigned from the group sometime back, was not immediately available for comment, while BJP had declined to give any reaction.

 

The I-T department had earlier issued summons to Gadkari asking him to appear before it in the second half of this month as the taxmen were probing alleged tax evasion case against him and his group of companies.

 

Gadkari has been asked to present himself in person so he can be confronted with documents and facts gathered during the probe by I-T authorities in the last few months.

 

The department has been probing various firms that invested in Gadkari's company Purti Power and Sugar (PPSL).

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Interest of small traders should not be affected by FDI: SC

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to protect the interest of small retail traders in the light of allowing foreign direct investment in the retail sector. The court has sought a response from the Centre within three weeks


New Delhi
: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said that interest of small retail traders should not be affected due to foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail sector and sought a response from the Centre on how it intends to safeguard their interests, reports PTI.

 

A bench headed by justice RM Lodha asked the Centre to file its response within three weeks.

 

“What checks are there to ensure that free trade is not affected, particularly the interest of small traders,” the bench said while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL).

 

“Apprehension is there in the mind of people that small traders’ interest would be affected,” the bench said, adding, “Some regulatory measures should be there.”

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