The Supreme Court on Wednesday pulled up the Centre for not acting against huge jump in monetary assets of politicians and sought by next Tuesday an Income Tax Department’s report on its investigation into this phenomenon.
Stressing curbs on rise in the politicians’ monetary assets to stop the money power they use in the elections, the Bench of Justices J Chelameswar and Abdul Nazeer questioned the Centre’s intention as it is not doing anything. It wondered why the government, on the one hand, talked about electoral reforms but never put a date to implement them.
“Is this the attitude of the government of India? What have you done till now,” the Bench asked Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha. It wanted to know if any investigation has ever been conducted into discrepancies of assets disclosed by the leaders in their polls affidavits and what they show in their income tax returns.
When counsel for NGO Lok Prahari, who has filed a PIL on the sudden rise in assets of politicians after they win elections, submitted that the Income Tax Department had carried out such an investigation, the court wanted to check it in the next hearing on September 12.
33 pc rise in Yogi’s assets in 3 years
The value of assets of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has registered an increase of almost 32 per cent during the last three years, according to an affidavit submitted by him to the returning officer for the UP Council bypolls which he is contesting. According to the affidavit, the value of his assets at present is Rs 95,98,053.41,
as against Rs 72,17,674.14 in 2014, when he had contested the Lok Sabha elections, showing an increase of Rs 23.80 lakh. The assets include gold ear rings weighing 20 grams worth Rs 49,000 and a gold chain (with Rudraksh beads) weighing 10 grams worth Rs 26,000, according to the affidavit, report