CIC hears appeal to disclose IT returns of MPs

CIC hears RTI application for making IT returns of MPs public. Judgement reserved.

RTIs were filed by ADR in February, 2010 to various Income Tax authorities to seek information regarding Income Tax Returns of 22 MPs and 20 MLAs and later to the concerned Appellate Authorities, all of whom had held the opinion that the information was covered under Sections 8(1)(j), 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act and hence cannot be provided. RTIs were filed to corroborate the asset increases of these 42 MPs/MLAs with their asset declarations to ECI between two elections. CIC heard the case and then referred it to a full bench of commissioners. The judgement is due on 16th April 2013. 

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The timeline of events for MP IT Returns case

1. 22nd February, 2010: An RTI was filed with the respective IT departments to retrieve IT Returns of 20 MPs with exponential growth in assets between two elections. For a copy Click Here

2. 6th May, 2010: First Appeal with IT department for follow up on information denied under Sections 8(1)(j), 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act. For a copy Click Here

3. 20th August, 2010: Second Appeal with Central Information Commission. For a copy Click Here

4. 20th April, 2012: Notice for the first hearing at CIC sent to concerned parties. For a copy Click Here

5. 3rd May, 2012: First hearing with the CIC takes place for MP Uday Singh and MP Dushyant Singh

6. 8th November, 2012: Notice for second hearing of CIC was sent to concerned parties in the case. For a copy Click Here

7. 22nd November, 2012: Second hearing at CIC takes place. Press Release for this CIC hearing to make MP IT Returns public. For a copy Click Here

6. 22nd November, 2o12: Submission no. I filed with the CIC on the day of this hearing. For a copy Click Here

7. 7th March, 2013: Notice for the hearing of the full bench of CIC sent to concerned parties. For a copy Click Here

8. 4th April, 2013: Submission no. II filed with the CIC based on voluntary disclosure by MPs prior to the full bench hearing. For a copy Click Here

9. 12th April, 2013: Larger Bench of CIC to Hear the Case on Making Income Tax Returns of MPs Public. For a copy of the Press Release Click Here

10.16th April, 2013: Hearing with the larger bench at CIC takes place.  For a copy of the Press Release: Click Here


Apart from the RTIs; in order to build public opinion, we also requested all Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs to disclose their IT Returns in larger public interest. Some of these MPs sent us the IT Returns and insisted that we make them public on our website where as others uploaded them on their own website. We also came across some MPs and MLAs that have already submitted their IT Returns along with the respective Chief Minister's office and the Prime Minister's office. Following is the list of MPs whose IT Returns are in public domain. We have also attached their ITR for further reference. 

S No

Name

State

Constituency

Party

MP/MLA

ITR

1

Neeraj Shekhar

UP

Ballia

SP

MP LS

ITR

2

Sadashiv Dadoba Mandlik

Maharashtra

Kolhapur

IND

MP LS

ITR

3

Abhijit Mukherjee

West Bengal

Jangipur

INC

MP LS

ITR

4

Mirza Mehboob Beg

J&K

Anantnag

J&K National Conference

MP LS

ITR

5

Bijoy Krishna Handique

Assam

Jorhat

INC

MP LS

ITR

6

Arnavaz Rohinton Aga

Maharashtra

NIL

Nominated

MP RS

ITR

7

Raju Anna Shetty

Maharashtra

Hatkanangle

Swabhimani Paksha

MP LS

ITR

8

Dr Ajoy Kumar

Jharkhand

Jamshedpur

JVM

MP LS

ITR

9

Mandagadde Rama Jois

Karnataka

Karnataka

BJP

MP RS

ITR

10

Dinesh Trivedi

West Bengal

Barrackpur

AITC

MP LS

ITR

11

Vilas Baburao Muttemwar

Maharashtra

Nagpur

INC

MP LS

ITR

12

Baishnab Charan Parida

Orissa

Orissa

BJD

MP RS

ITR

13

Tathagata Satpathy

Orissa

Dhenkanal

BJD

MP LS

ITR

14

Baju Ban Riyan

Tripura

Tripura East

CPI(M)

MP LS

ITR

15

Sudip Bandyopadhyay

West Bengal

Kolkata Utter

AITC

MP LS

ITR

16

Subodh Kant Sahay

Jharkhand

Ranchi

INC

MP LS

ITR

17

Pratik Prakashbapu Patil

Maharashtra

Sangli

INC

MP LS

ITR

18

Mahadeo Singh Khandela

Rajasthan

Sikar

INC

MP LS

ITR

19

Ajay Maken

Delhi

New Delhi

INC

MP LS

ITR

20

Ambika Soni

Punjab

Punjab

INC

MP RS

ITR

21

Sadanand Singh

Bihar

Kahalgaon

INC

MLA

ITR

22

Pramod Kumar

Bihar

Motihari

BJP

MLA

ITR

23

Subodh Roy

Bihar

Sultanganj

JDU

MLA

ITR

24

Virendra Beniwal

Rajasthan

Lunkaransar

INC

MLA

ITR

25

Rajkumar Sharma

Rajasthan

Nawalgarh

INC (Contested on BSP Ticket)

MLA

ITR

26

Rajendra Pareek

Rajasthan

Sikar

INC

MLA

ITR

27

Murari Lal Meena

Rajasthan

Dasua

INC (Contested on BSP Ticket)

MLA

ITR

28

Hema Ram Choudhry

Rajasthan

Gudamalani

INC

MLA

ITR

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