SC talks tough on assets of netas
Underlining the fact that assets of many politicians have shown exponential rise, the Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Central government for not disclosing what action it had taken against such politicians, some of whose assets increased by up to 500 per cent between the two elections.
In doing so, the bench, headed by Justice J Chelameswar, also questioned the government’s intent.
The bench of Justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazeer directed the Centre to file an affidavit by September 12, outlining the necessary information in this regard. The apex court queried whether any probe was ever held to investigate the discrepancies in details of assets when politicians file their nomination papers for elections and what they file in their Income-Tax returns.
“Is this the attitude of the government of India? What have you done till now?” the bench questioned Additional Solicitor General (ASG) PS Narasimha.
The apex court pointed out that while on one hand, the Centre claimed it was averse to corruption, on the other hand, it was not making any effort to clamp down on it.
Referring to the affidavit filed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) which was “not complete”, the bench said: “The information in CBDT …read more