After Geelani, I-T Dept Targets Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah13 June 2011
The Indian Express
Srinagar: After separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Income Tax department has filed tax evasion cases against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik, Democratic Freedom Party chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah and another separatist leader Showkat Ahmad Bakshi. The I-T department filed cases against separatist leaders in a city court after they failed to submit returns for 2009-10. In a complaint submitted before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Yashpaul Bourney, the department has alleged that neither Malik nor Shah filed their tax returns either voluntarily or in response to the notices issued to them. “Income Tax Commissioner is of the view that the offence under Section 276 (IT Act) has been willfully committed by the leaders,” reads the complaint. The CJM has issued separate summons to Shah and Malik. A similar summon has also been issued against Showkat Ahmad Bakshi of JKLF. “After hearing the counsel of the complainant, the cognisance is taken and accused are ordered to be summoned to face the trial on June 27,” Bourney said in his order. On Saturday, a J&K court issued fresh summons to Geelani and his son-in-law Altaf Fantoosh in the tax evasion case, after they failed to appear in court. The complaint filed before the CJM by Assistant Commissioner, Income-Tax, Circle 3, alleged concealment of property and tax evasion of Rs 3.25 crore by the two. Last month, the CJM had issued notices to Geelani and Fantoosh and had asked them to appear before the court on June 11.