NEW DELHI: Complaints lodged with the Election Commission alleging discrepancies and omissions in poll affidavits filed by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, his son and minister Aaditya Thackeray, and by NCP MP Supriya Sule have been referred to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) for investigation, sources told TOI on Saturday.
The heavyweights belonging to ruling parties of Maharashtra could face scrutiny for allegedly giving false information or withholding full details of their assets and liabilities in their poll affidavits. Sources indicated the complaints against Sule, Uddhav, who is an MLC, and two MLAs – Aaditya and Nathabhai H Patel from Gujarat – were sent for a probe based on an administrative scrutiny by the poll panel.
Routine move, says Shiv Sena minister who framed the Thackerays’ affidavits
TOI has learnt that the relevant complaints cite material in support of the claim about the details furnished by the legislators in their affidavits not being true, a possible reason why the poll panel found it appropriate to refer them to CBDT.
The allegations relate to discrepancies between affidavits filed by Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aditya.
Shiv Sena described the move as routine. “It is a routine process to cross-check information given in an affidavit with the income tax authority. EC and Income Tax (dept) normally share the information, so there is nothing new in this issue,” said Sena spokesperson and advocate Anil Parab, who is the transport minister in the Thackeray government.
Parab, being a lawyer, was involved in preparing the election affidavits of both Uddhav and Aaditya.
NCP spokesman Nawab Malik also called it a routine exercise of the EC. “It is not for the first time, information in the affidavit is compared with the income tax returns. If there is specific query, we will reply to it,” he said.
An update from CBDT is awaited by EC on the followup action. If the allegations are found to be prima facie true, a case may be filed by the CBDT under Section 125A of the Representation of the People Act. The section provides for a maximum sixmonth jail term or fine or both, as penalty for candidates who failed to give information or furnished false information in poll affidavits.
A candidate, in a poll affidavit, discloses his/her criminal antecedents, assets and liabilities and educational qualifications. EC had in 2013 decided that the assets and liabilities of the candidates, as filed in their affidavits, would be verified by CBDT.
EC had in June decided that it shall, in pursuit of a level-playing field, take cognisance of complaints which indicate serious omission on the part of the candidate, and refer such matters to the relevant investigating authorities “on a case-to-case basis”.
Prior to this, individuals, as per the provisions, were filing such complaints in the competent court.

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