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In rush to let off Sahara, tax commission ignored crucial evidence

It brushed aside key arguments that rendered improbable Sahara's "disgruntled employee" theory

Sahara chief Subrata Roy, in prison in Delhi since March 2014 at Lucknow airport after being allowed to leave prison for four weeks for the funeral of his mother Chhabi Roy. (Photo: PTI)
Sahara chief Subrata Roy, in prison in Delhi since March 2014 at Lucknow airport after being allowed to leave prison for four weeks for the funeral of his mother Chhabi Roy. (Photo: PTI)

In absolving the Sahara group of any wrongdoing under the Income Tax Act in the alleged bribery scandal which has implicated several prominent politicians and unleashed a political storm in the country, the Income Tax Settlement Commission (ITSC) glossed over crucial evidence furnished by tax inspectors, documents related to the case show. On Thursday, the Indian Express reported that that the group was granted immunity after just three hearings at the ITSC on November 10, 2016. In what was an unprecedented and exceptionally hurried hearing, the ITSC accepted Sahara’s ...