Supreme Court seeks IT Dept response in plea by Karti Chidambaram

Supreme Court of India
The Hindu

Synopsis: A notice was issued by the Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy to the IT Department on an appeal brought against the Madras High Court judgement by Karti, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

Karti Chidambaram
The Economics Times

On Monday, the Supreme Court sought a reply from the IT Department to the pleas of Congress MP Karti Chidambaram and his wife challenging the transfer of a tax evasion case brought against them to the Special Court for MPs and MLAs before a lower court.

A notice to the I-T department was issued by the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Subhash Reddy on an appeal brought against the Madras High Court judgement by Karti, son of senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.

The high court rejected Karti and his wife’s pleas to quash two criminal charges under the Income Tax Act and the proceedings before the MP/MLAs special court.

The Supreme Court noted in its order that notice of issue is repayable in two weeks. A copy of these petitions may be served by the applicant to the Solicitor General’s office.

The case involves the alleged non-disclosure by Karti of his Rs 6.38 crore income and Rs 1.35 crore by his wife Srinidhi Chidambaram in 2015.

Karti, elected to Lok Sabha from Sivaganga constituency in the 2019 elections and his wife had received the sum in cash for selling of a property at Muttukadu, but did not report it in their IT returns, stated by the Income Tax Department.

On September 12, 2018, the Deputy Director of the I-T Department, Chennai, filed a complaint with the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court-II (Economic Offences) against the petitioners for offences under sections 276 c(1) and 277 of the Income Tax Act.