No reprieve for Shah Rukh in Alibaug benami property case as matter reaches New Delhi
It seems Bollywood icon Shah Rukh Khan will not get any reprieve till December 2018 from the Income Tax department that is probing an alleged case of amassing benami property against the actor.
At the end of December 2017, the I-T Department had provisionally attached one of Khan's farmhouse owned by Deja vu Farms Pvt Ltd at Alibaug, under the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act (PBPT).
In a latest development, the legal matter between both parties has reached to the Appropriate Authority in New Delhi for the further hearing.
It was after a detailed India Today report that the I-T sleuths began probing the Alibaug farmhouse case and later attached it under the Benami Act.
As per rules, the department passed an attachment order after giving the actor and directors of Deja Vu Farms an ample opportunity to be heard.
Once it is taken up for hearing, Appropriate Authority will decide the case based on argument of both the sides. "The order by Authority can be passed in one year from the date of provisional attachment order", an official told India Today.
Another official said, "The date of hearing and final order depends on the Authority's load of work. However, the I-T department is firm on its ground that the Alibaug farmhouse of the actor is a benami property".
The farmhouse is a luxury property, spread over an area of 19,960 sq meters - equipped with amenities such as a swimming pool, a private helipad, a private football ground and a part of the beach.
Some of the allegations against the actor are - he made an application to purchase agricultural land for agricultural purposes, but instead constructed a luxury bungalow. The actor got the permission under Section 63 of the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1948 (which stipulates that only a farmer can buy agricultural land) and then fraudulently used the land not for farming but to construct a farmhouse.
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