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Order to remain in force for six months

MUMBAI: Income tax authorities have attached the property and bank accounts of Zahira Sheikh, the main eyewitness in the Best Bakery case. Zahira's lawyerUmesh Deshpande said his client received a notice on April 12, asking her to file income tax returns by April 15.

This being too short a notice Mr. Deshpande hadasked for extension of the deadline by two months.

However on May 26, the income tax authorities in Vadodara sent him a letter saying that assessment proceedings were in progress and Zahira's assets were put on provisional attachment under Section 281B of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

According to the letter, three of her accounts in Syndicate Bank, Goddev Branch, Bhayander and two other accounts along with a house in Ekta Nagar, Vadodara, a flat in Mumbai and two small plots measuring 15x30 ft each in the name of Nasibullah, her brother, have been attached.

This order will remain in force for six months.

In April, the authorities had attached her account in the Bank of Baroda, Navapura, and Vadodara. Mr. Deshpande, however, said Zahira did not own a flat in Mumbai and only one plot was in Nasibullah's name.

Her two bank accounts were already frozen, the lawyer said.

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