Income Tax Dept warns public against cash dealings of Rs 2 lakh or more saying that the receiver of the amount will have to cough up an equal amount as penalty.

EC Slams CBDT For ‘Insolence’, CBDT Stays Defiant.

The CBDT is known to be a law unto itself. No amount of strictures from the Courts has any impact on it. Now, it has come into the bad books of the Election Commission with the latter expressing “deep sense of anguish”about the “casual and trivial”approach of the CBDT. The EC has expressed its “extreme displeasure”at the “Stark violation of established protocol“.

Text of letter issued by the Election Commission of India


No. 76/Instructions/2019

Date: 10 April, 2019

Secretary (Revenue, 128A North Block,
New Delhi

Sublect- Advisory dated 7.04.2019 –impartial conduct of enforcement actions –reg


The Election Commission of India expresses its deep sense of anguish about the casual and trivial manner in which the advisory to be absolutely neutral, impartial and non, discriminatory has been responded to by Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance vide letter F. No. A.50050/15/2019-Ad. I dated 08.04.19.

In pare 3 of aforementioned letter, instead of detailing the modalities of implementing the advisory, Department insolently chose to issue a counter advisory.

The Commission has noted with extreme displeasure, the tone and tenor used for addressing a Constitutional Authority in stark violation of the established Protocol.

Therefore, the Commission reprimands the Department of Revenue for making unwarranted remarks and expects that the directions issued by the Commission m the said advisory are followed in letter as well as in spirit.

Yours Faithfully,

(Avinash Kumar)

The provocation for the outburst was the counter advisory from the Department of Revenue which said:

“Since it is the responsibility of the Election Commission as also of the revenue agencies to check and eventually eliminate the use of unaccounted money in election, we would also like to urge EC to advise its field officers involved in the enforcement of the model code of conduct to take immediate enforcement action at their end under the election and other appropriate laws, if they come across any specific information about use of illicit money in electoral process …

EC’s field officers may also, if they deem fit, pass on the information confidentially’ to I-T department for ‘taking further necessary action’.”


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