ECI says no direction to CBDT to issue notice to Sharad Pawar on poll affidavits

September 23, 2020 01:20 pm | Updated November 28, 2021 01:14 pm IST - New Delhi

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. File

NCP Chief Sharad Pawar. File

The Election Commission OF India (ECI) on Wednesday said it had not given any direction to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to issue a notice to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on his poll affidavits.

The ECI’s statement came a day after Mr. Pawar said the Income Tax Department had served him a notice in connection with his affidavitsl.

Talking to reporters in Mumbai, Mr. Pawar said the Department had sought his “clarification and explanation” on some poll affidavits furnished by him.

“I got the notice yesterday...We are happy that they [the Centre] love us from among all the members...The notice was served by Income Tax after the Election Commission asked (it) to...We will reply to the notice,” he stated.

The ECI, referring to media reports, said in a statement, “...It is stated that the Election Commission of India has not issued any such direction to CBDT to issue a notice to Shri Pawar.”

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