Income Tax Department Furnishes ‘Contradictory’ Response to RTI on Political Parties’ Income Tax Returns

Income Tax Department has clarified, in response to an RTI query, that its Central Public Information Officer does not maintain information about political parties’ income tax returns. The tax department, however, did feel the need to go the extra mile and establish that it is not obligated to share this information – which by her own admission she does not possess – under the Right to Information Act.

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This “contradictory” response was furnished against an RTI request filed by RTI activist Venkatesh Nayak who had approached the Income Tax Department seeking income tax returns filed by political parties over the last ten years.