New Delhi, May 24: Poll strategist Prashant Kishore’s Association of Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG), that ran election campaign of Narendra Modi during Lok Sabha polls in 2014, has come under lens of Income Tax department. Tax authorities have served notice to Prashant Kishore’s CAG and asked to declare details of its income and sources of income for the last four years, reported The Economic Times.
According to reports, MD Pekhale, superintendent, Central Excise Intelligence sent IT notice to CAG on April 26 and asked its officials to appear before the tax authorities by May 4. The case is still going on. IT department through notice sought CAG’s annual reports, bills, invoices, expenditure ledgers and bank statements. (ALSO READ: Rahul Gandhi as Uttar Pradesh chief minister: Prashant Kishore’s master-stroke or a big mistake?)
According to IT notice, the CAG has been asked to show its income ledgers, so that details of annual incomes can be reviewed. Failure to comply will attract section 174 and section 175 of the Indian penal code. Company’s data shows that it is active. However company reports of CAG or I-PAC don’t show Kishor as chairman or director, but directors are those closely associated with him in his political work.
Prashant Kishore is considered hero for successfully managing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha election campaign that brought historic win for the BJP. Kishore left Modi and joined Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) under a new banner – Indian Political Action Committee in 2015. He was credited with decisive mandate for Grand Alliance in Bihar Assembly polls. Currently, he is making poll strategies for Congress ahead of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. (Photo credit: Facebook)