New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The Income Tax Department has confiscated assets worth Rs 6,900 crore till now as part of its action under the anti-benami transactions law, the agency said in a public advertisement on Tuesday.Also Read - ITR Refund: Have You Pre-Validated Your Bank Account? Step-by-Step Guide To Do

The message issued in dealing dailies said people who “abet and induce” benami transactions, benamidar (in whose name benami property is standing) and beneficiaries (who pay money consideration) are prosecutable and may face rigorous imprisonment up to 7 years besides being liable to pay fine up to 25 per cent of fair market value of benami property. Also Read - I-T Dept Exposes Rs 500 Crore Fake Bill Entry Operation Racket, Raids 42 Locations Across India

“The Income Tax Department has already attached and confiscated benami properties worth more than Rs 6,900 crore,” the message said. Also Read - Deadline to Link Aadhaar Card With PAN Extended Till December 31

The message added that people who furnish false information to authorities under the law– Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 2016– are prosecutable and may be imprisoned up to 5 years besides being liable to pay fine up to 10 percent of fair market value of benami property.

“We urge every conscientious citizen to help the government in eradicating it,” the message added.

Action under the new law will be in addition to the I-T Act, 1961, it added.

A benami transaction is an arrangement in which a property (movable or immovable) is transferred to or held in the name of one person (benamidar) but is actually owned and enjoyed by another person (beneficial owner).

The tax department started initiating action under this law, implemented by the Modi government, from November 1, 2016.

The I-T Department is the nodal department to enforce the anti-benami law in the country.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.