Seven MPs, 98 MLAs under scanner for ‘substantial increase’ in assets

The Supreme Court was on Monday informed that seven Lok Sabha MPs and 98 MLAs are being probed for ‘substantial increases’ in their assets.

The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) told the apex court that the names of these members will be submitted to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover on Tuesday and that the Income Tax Department has conducted preliminary investigations into their assets.

The I-T probe has revealed that there had been “huge” increases in the Lok Sabha MPs’ assets and “substantial” increases in MLAs’ assets.

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea by NGO Lok Prahari on the disclosure of sources of income by the candidates contesting elections when they file nomination for elections.

The petitioner has alleged a jump of up to 500 per cent in politicians’ assets.

The CBDT also told the top court that a preliminary assessment is underway into the assets of another nine Lok Sabha MPs, 11 Rajya Sabha MPs and 42 MLAs.

(Agencies)

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