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HC extends reprieve to Chidambaram family members till Oct 12 in case under Black Money Act

Press Trust of India 

The on Friday extended an interim order dispensing with the appearance of former Union P Chidambaram's family members before a special court here till October 12 in a case of alleged non-disclosure of foreign assets filed against them by the I-T department.

The bench, comprising Justice S Manikumar and Justice Subramonium Prasad, has already reserved its order on the appeals moved by Chidambaram's wife, son and daughter-in-law, challenging the prosecution initiated against them by the under the Black Money Act.

On August 31, the court in an interim order dispensed with the appearance of Chidambaram's wife Nalini, his son, and before the special court for economic offences cases, Egmore till September 14. With the interim order coming to an end Friday, it was extended up to October 12.

The issue pertains to alleged non-disclosure of overseas assets and held by the trio.

According to the I-T department, the three had failed to disclose a property they jointly own in in the UK, worth Rs 5.37 crore, which amounted to an offence under the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act.

The department has also alleged that had failed to disclose an he holds with in the UK and investments he had made in Nano Holdings LLC, USA.

He had also "failed" to disclose investments made by Chess Global Advisory, a company co-owned by him, which amounts to an offence under the Black Money Act, the department has said in its complaint filed in the special court in May this year.

Assailing the prosecution, the three approached the high court. As a single bench refused any relief, they moved an appeal.

On June 27, the first bench headed by then reserved its order on the appeal. However, as Justice Banerjee was later elevated to the Supreme Court, orders could not be pronounced.

The appeal was then referred to the bench headed by Justice Manikumar for fresh hearing.

During the hearing by Justice Banerjee, for the appellants had contended that prima facie no offence can be made out against them under the Black Money Act.

The act deals with undisclosed income raised from foreign assets. But in the present case, all the relevant information had been disclosed by the petitioners in their returns filed under the Income Tax Act, the had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 00:25 IST