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I-T dept attaches Syed Ali Shah Geelani's Delhi home on tax evasion charges

The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act and it has 'prohibited and restrained' the Hurriyat Conference leader from transferring the asset

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Syed Ali Shah Geelani
File photo: Syed Ali Shah Geelani addressing a press conference at his residence in Srinagar | PTI Photo

The Income-Tax Department has attached a house of hardline Kashmiri separatist located in Delhi in connection with an over Rs 3.62 crore tax evasion case against him.

The flat is located in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar area and the Tax Recovery Officer (TRO) of the department has sealed the house for allegedly "failing" to pay Rs 3,62,62,160 income tax for assessment years 1996-97 to 2001-02, as per an order accessed by PTI.

The department has undertaken the action under section 222 of the I-T Act (assessee deemed in default of tax payment) and it has "prohibited and restrained" the leader from transferring the asset.

The TRO is an enforcement action taking arm of the tax department and it deals with cases of wilful defaulters. The authority is empowered to attach an asset and subsequently auction it to realise the tax dues.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), last month, had levied a penalty of Rs 14.40 lakh on Geelani in a 17-year-old case of illegal possession of $10,000 in alleged contravention of the foreign exchange law, officials said Friday.

First Published: Mon, April 01 2019. 14:50 IST