The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has accepted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam's (AIADMK) open challenge to drag taxmen to Court saying, "let them do what they want".
AIADMK on Friday vowed to tackle the IT Department's complaint against its state ministers, accused of allegedly obstructing officials while conducting searches at Health Minister C Vijayabaskar's house. The party has decided to challenge the income tax department legally.
Talking to Indiatoday.in exclusively, top income tax official and senior member of CBDT on the condition of anonymity said, "Let them (AIADMK) do what they want. We have done the searches, we have found evidence and we have given it to Election Commission (EC). Now it is up to EC to take necessary action."
IT department had filed a written complain to Chennai Police Commissioner Karan Singha On Thursday, accusing three ministers of not allowing officials to perform their duties during the search operation. The complaint was filed against Civil Supplies Minister R Kamaraj and two other AIADMK leaders. The department had alleged in its complaint that these ministers, literally barged inside the house after pushing CISF men aside and obstructed their work.
However, TTV Dhinakaran, Deputy General Secretary, AIADMK (Amma) claimed the three ministers had simply gone to Vijayabaskar's house to meet him during the time when the IT officials were inside conducting searches.
Last week, taxmen had conducted searches on at least 32 premises of Vijayabhaskar, MGR Medical University, VC Geethalakshmi, actor R Sarathkumar and dozens of pharma companies in Tamil Nadu. The department had information that these individuals and entities were using black money to win votes in RK Nagar bypoll.
Allegations were raised that IT department is taking such drastic action on the instructions of Central Government. But senior IT officials clarified to India Today, "There was no political motive behind our searches. We were absolute on tax evasion matter. We had complete proof of tax evasion by these individuals (Minister) and entities, therefore, searches were conducted."