Income tax notice in Sharad Pawar after change of custody in Maharashtra

The Income Tax Department sent a notice to NCP Chief Sharad Pawar regarding affidavits filed by him in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2020.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar received an income tax notice (Picture PTI)

The Income Tax Department has sent a notice to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar regarding polling affidavits he filed in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2020.

It comes a day after the Maha Vikas Aghadi coalition comprising the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena was ousted from power in Maharashtra by Sena rebel leader Eknath Shinde with the backing of the BJP. Shinde sworn in as 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while BJP stalwart Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as deputy CM on Thursday.

Reacting to the advice, Pawar tweeted in Marathi: “Help from Law Enforcement Directorate (DE) and central agencies is being used these days and the results are visible. Many members of the Legislative Assembly say they have received notices of inquiry. This new method has Five years ago, we didn’t even know the name ED. Today, even in the villages, people joke that you will have an ED behind you.

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He added: “This system is used for people with different political views. I received a similar love letter from Income Tax. They are currently investigating the information in the affidavit while challenging the 2004 Lok Sabha elections.”

Pawar added: “I also represented the Lok Sabha in 2009, after 2009 I stood for the Rajya Sabha elections of 2014, and now the notice of the Rajya Sabha elections 2020 affidavit has also come. Luckily, I have all of his information in order.”

Claiming that central investigative agencies are targeting party leader Sharad Pawar, the NCP questioned the timing of the notice that had been issued.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was also summoned by the ED. Raut is due to appear before the investigative agency at noon today.

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