Income Tax dept seizes two bank accounts of Navjot Singh Sidhu
New Delhi: After the seizure of his two bank accounts, Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu paid his tax dues worth Rs 52 lakh on Thursday, confirmed the sources.
Earlier in the day, Income Tax department had seized Sidhu's CITI bank account at Connaught Place and HDFC account at Khan Market branch. After the strict action by the I-T department, the cricketer-turned-politician paid his dues.
The Punjab minister, who earlier was with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and now has shifted loyalties to Congress, was coxed by I-T department but he ignored consistently. This prompted the department to freeze his accounts.
Sidhu had also appealed against the order of the assessing officer in the hope of wriggling out of the tax net. He has claimed for various expenses and one of them included 'dress expense, said source.
The dress expense has been mentioned Rs 28.38 lakh and most of these were for the clothes he dons during his TV shows but when the department asked for bills of the clothes, he had no answers, said a senior tax sleuth in Delhi.
Sidhu has also not furnished bills for his tours and travels expenses that amount to Rs 38.24 lakh, petrol and diesel bill for Rs 17.80 lakh and for salaries worth Rs 47.11 lakh.
"In this regard, the assessee failed to provide any documentary evidence such as bills or invoices in support of his claim...the assessing officer has disallowed 30 per cent of the expenses which comes to nearly Rs 52 lakh," said the I-T officer.