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SC permits tax officials to access Aditya Birla documents seized by CBI
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Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014

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Economic Times reported that the Supreme Court permitted the income tax department to access all documents related to its search and seizure of INR 25 crore in cash from Delhi based Aditya Birla Management during raids on companies alleged to have got coal blocks despite being ineligible for them.

Hindalco, an Aditya Birla company, Kumar Mangalam Birla and several unnamed government officials figure in the FIR filed by the CBI. They have been accused of cheating and conspiracy to defraud the exchequer. The order was issued during a hearing on the coal block allocation case.

CBI seized the cash and documents in raids on October 15th 2013. However, the agency refused to share these documents with the IT department after the top court placed a blanket ban May 8th 2013, on such sharing of information in the wake of a controversy involving former law minister Mr Ashwani Kumar, who allegedly vetted the CBI affidavit in the case.

The IT department then moved the top court seeking access to these files. On Friday, additional solicitor general Mr Maninder Singh requested the court to waive the bar on permitting the tax authorities to assess it from the tax perspective or in connection with any other case.

The IT application said that the documents seized by the CBI are requested to be inspected only to ascertain whether they are relevant for proceedings under the IT Act, 1961, in the cases of the Aditya Birla group or any other case.

Source – Economic Times

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