The Income Tax department has issued summons to BJP president Nitin Gadkari to appear before the department in connection with a probe against him and his certain fraternised firms for alleged tax evasion.
Sources in the department said Mr Gadkari has been asked for his personal appearance so that he can be confronted with the documents and probe conducted by the department in past few months.
The BJP president had, however, demanded a two weeks time saying that he was unavailable in Nagpur.
“The department has been given him the extension with the new date for appearance January 21,” the sources added.
The sources added that the department has diagnosed the details of 28 companies which have been in deal with Purti Power and Sugar Limited (PPSL).
The tax department has been exploring various firms that has invested in Mr Gadkari’s company PPSL and an inquiry committee has forwarded a report to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) in Delhi. The Bharatiya Janata Party today denied reports of Income Tax summon to party president Nitin Gadkari in connection with alleged tax evasion.
“There is no such official notice. These are all source based information. These are fabricated and planted reports,” BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.
Mr Naqvi said Mr Gadkari has been repeatedly saying that he was ready for a probe by any agency. There were reports that Tax Department has issued summon to Mr Gadkari to appear before it in connection with investigations against him and some of his associated companies for alleged tax evasion.