IT department sends notice to Mumbai civic body commissioner in tax evasion case linked to Shiv Sena leader


The Income Tax Department has issued a notice to the Commissioner of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in connection with the ongoing investigation against the Chairman of the Standing Committee and Head of the Shiv Sena, Yashwant Jadhav.

The notice requests information regarding various individuals associated with the Standing Committee, past contracts and other details.

Earlier, a BMC justice officer filed a complaint, on behalf of the civic body, against a person who tweeted that civic leader Iqbal Singh Chahal should be questioned by the income tax department for irregularities, in the case involving Yashwant Jadhav.

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On February 25, the Income Tax Investigations wing searched approximately 33 locations related to Jadhav, a few BMC contractors and others. The search recovered various documents and details relating to the purchase of approximately three dozen properties by Jadhav for which payments had been made in cash or through front companies.

Some payments were also detected abroad. A statement from the Income Tax Department mentioned that properties of Rs 130 crores were detected, while undeclared cash of Rs 2 crores and jewelry worth Rs 1.5 crores were seized . Raids on contractors led to the discovery of Rs 200 crore worth of tax evasion.

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The notice sent to the Commissioner of the BMC mentions that the ministry requires details like a list of all persons with their PAN and Aadhar numbers, who have been members of the Standing Committee since April 2018, a note on the duties of the committee members, a list of tenders issued during the said period, including tender criteria, tender constitution and tender award criteria, may be provided.

The notice also requests information regarding the list of contractors to whom bids were awarded from April 1, 2018 to March 2, 2022, when Jadhav was the chair of the standing committee.

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The notice also requests information regarding the release of payment made to contractors, the procedure followed, including the procedure for works completed, authentication of invoice submission and release of payment details. If exceptions were made when awarding the work to a contractor, a copy of the purchase orders maintained for those projects must also be provided. A copy of the audit reports of the CAG or the audit department of central or state governments during the period from April 2018 must also be submitted.

Meanwhile, Iqbal Singh Chahal, who is the Municipal Commissioner of BMC, said in a statement: “The notice above is in circulation. I have not visited the IT office once. These notices are coming and are answered at the appropriate lower levels”.

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