The Times of India

MUMBAI: Nagpur MP Vilas Muttemwar, Rajya Sabha member Anu Aga and Union minister of state Pratik Patil are among the 30 elected representatives across Maharashtra, who have made their income tax returns available for perusal.

A New Delhi NGO, Association For Democratic Reforms (ADR), application on scrutiny of I-T returns of parliamentarians and legislators is pending before the chief information commissioner in New Delhi.

Even before the full bench of the information commission gave its verdict, Muttemwar, Patil, Aga, MPs Sadashivrao Mandlik and Raju Shetty have not only submitted their I-T returns to the NGO but also made all the relevant documents public. The increase in the amount of assets of several MPs and legislators prompted the NGO to approach the central information commission. Muttemwar, who received a letter from the ADR on specific information regarding his I-T returns, said he was glad to share the data. "I felt that instead of waiting for the information commission's verdict, in larger public interest, I should disclose my I-T returns. I have shared all relevant information with the NGO," he said.

"The system of calculating value of immovable property should be changed. From my statement submitted before the election commission, it appears that I have purchased property worth Rs 10 crore, but that is not the case. The cost of property should be calculated on the date when it was purchased and not its current market value," he added. "I own a flat in Mumbai, which has been shown as worth Rs five crore. But the fact remains, I purchased it for Rs 12 lakh a decade ago," Muttemwar said.

A former MP objected to the proposal on the grounds that it is wrong to secure personal data under the Right to Information Act. "I feel it is personal information and one cannot seek it under the RTI Act," he said.

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