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Income Tax department issues 87 notices, attaches 42 assets worth crores under Benami Act

[ecis2016.org] Initiating stringent action against black money holders post the notes ban, the Income Tax department announced that it has issued 87 notices and attached bank deposits worth crores in 42 cases nationwide, under the newly-enforced Benami Transactions Act

The Income Tax (I-T) department has issued 87 notices under section 24 of the Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988, (which pertains to notice and attachment of property involved in benami transaction). A total of 42 properties, largely monies worth crores in bank accounts and an immovable property, of benamidars have been attached, said officials, citing an analysis report.

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After the demonetisation order of the government on November 8, 2016, the department had carried out public advertisements and had warned people against depositing their unaccounted old currency in someone else’s bank account, saying such an act would attract criminal charges under the Benami Property Transactions Act (enforced from November 1, 2016), which is applicable on movable and immovable properties.

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The I-T department is the nodal department to enforce the said Act in the country. Officials said that the department has issued numerous summons under the Benami Transactions Act and is in the process of issuing more.

The decision to slap the stringent provisions of the Benami Transactions Act was taken, after analysing serious cases where the illegalities were blatant and suspect cash was deposited in either benami accounts or Jan Dhan or dormant accounts. The taxman had initiated a nationwide operation to identify suspect bank accounts, where huge cash deposits have been made post November 8, when the government demonetised the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

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Officials said the Act empowers the taxman to confiscate and prosecute both, the depositor and the person whose illegal money he or she has ‘adjusted’ in their account. “Such an arrangement where a person deposits old currency of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in the bank account of another person, with an understanding that the account holder shall return his money in new currency, the transaction shall be regarded as benami transaction under the said Act. The person who deposits old currency in the bank account shall be treated as a beneficial owner and the person in whose bank account the old currency has been deposited shall be categorised under this law as a benamidar,” a senior official had explained earlier.

The Benami Act, the official had said, provides that the benamidar, the beneficial owner and any other person who abets or induces the Benami transaction, shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a period ranging from 1-7 years.

“The benami amount in the bank account deposited post demonetisation will be seized and confiscated and the accused will also be liable to fine which extends upto 25% of the fair market value of the benami property,” the official said.

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