New Delhi: The Income-Tax department has served notice to JD(U) seeking explanation regarding expenditure on his adhikar rally, organised at the historic Gandhi Maidan in Patna in November last year demanding special status to Bihar.

The notice was sent by I-T deputy commissioner (TDS) Ajay Jadeja under section 194 (C) of the I-T Act, 1962, on December 19 last year but has come to light only now.

 “Under the I-T Act, tax deduction at source is mandatory while making contractual payments. But we had no information whether this was done. We need to know the source of funds and whether the government got its share of tax,” said an income tax official.

More than three weeks after the department did not receive a reply from the party, the I-T department summoned JD(U) chartered accountant LK Sharaf. According to Bihar JD(U) president Bashishtha Narain Singh, Sharaf had assured the I-T officials that all information was being collected and a reply would be given by January 15.

The I-T department has also collected photographs and video footage of the rally. Once the expenditure details are provided by the party, the contractors who offered various services would also be questioned.

(Agencies)

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