Assets of 7 MPs, 98 MLAs have skyrocketed: CBDT

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Nighty eight MLA and seven Lok Sabha members are under investigation for disproportionate assets informed by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to Supreme Court on Monday. No further probe has been taken up against any Rajya Sabha MP.

According to a report in DNA newspaper, the NGO has submitted a list of 26 Lok Sabha MPs, 257 MLAs and 11 Rajya Sabha MPs, whose wealth witnessed a 500 percent increase between two elections.

The Income Tax Department had conducted preliminary investigations into their assets, the agency said.

The CBDT said the poll affidavits of these lawmakers were referred to the DGIT and replies were received in the case of 26 LS members, 2 RS members and 215 MLAs. "But necessary information has not been put on record", the court had observed.

The PIL, filed by an NGO, wants candidates to disclose their sources of income in their election affidavits. The board said it will give the bench the names of these parliamentarians and MLAs in a sealed cover on Tuesday, The Times of India reported. "The government says it is not averse to some reform".

Further action against these leaders, the department said, will be taken once it gets verification reports from director generals of Income Tax.

The apex court had earlier issued notices to the Centre and the Election Commission on the plea filed by the NGO through its chief S N Shukla seeking inclusion of a column in the nomination form seeking details of the sources of income.

CBDT admitted receiving a list of number of candidates for verification of their affidavits from the petitioners.

Lok Prahari told the court that candidates filing nomination papers were disclosing their assets and those of their spouse, children, and other dependents but not sources of income through which they came to possess these.

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