The Delhi High Court has ordered de-freezing of 11 bank accounts of Patanjali Yogpeeth (Nyas) run by yoga guru Baba Ramdev frozen earlier by the Income-Tax Department for failure of the Trust to pay the first instalment of Rs.75 lakh of its total tax liability of Rs.34.68 crore.

Ordering de-freezing of the accounts, a Division Bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice R.V. Easwar said that the attachment order of the bank accounts would be lifted subject to the petitioner, the Trust, paying Rs.2.10 crore of the tax liability by March 15.

The Bench later disposed of the petition directing the Income-Tax Commissioner (Appeals) to decide the appeal filed by the Trust against the Department’s order for recovery of the tax liability by March 31.

The Court order came on a petition by the Trust against the Department’s decision to freeze the accounts on its failure to pay the first instalment. The Department had frozen the accounts last month. The tax is due for the assessment year 2009-10.

The Trust through its counsel submitted that the accounts had been attached without giving advance intimation to it.

  • 11 accounts were frozen by Income-Tax Department

  • The Trust said it was not given advance notice