Ex-CBDT chief's wife gets Noida land back on 'false claim', probe ordered

Noida officials are probing a land deal involving Renu Chandra, wife of the former chief of the Income-Tax (IT) department Sudhir Chandra, after discovering that she allegedly violated norms by providing false information to get back 900 sq m of the 12,900 sq m land she owned before it was acquired.

This misrepresentation — she claimed to be a resident of Noida while revenue records have her as a resident of Greater Kailash, New Delhi — was apparently not detected even though the records were available with Noida authorities.

And she was the only land owner to get her land back, even if only partly, among all those whose land was acquired during that particular acquisition process. The 900 sq m plot is currently valued at around Rs 20 crore after its use was converted to commercial from agricultural.

The alleged violation took place in 2010 when Mayawati was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the Income-Tax department was investigating her alleged disproportionate assets and was also locked in a tax dispute with her parents and four brothers.

At that time, Chandra was Member (Investigation) of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), heading the department probing the assets case, and went on to become the CBDT chairman.

Reached for comment, Chandra told The Indian Express: "By acquiring the 12,900 sq m land my wife owned for 30 years and giving back on lease 900 sq m, which is less than 7 per cent, she has been caused great injustice andmonetary loss. Therefore, there is no question of any favour done to my wife."

The disproportionate assets case against Mayawati was dropped by the Supreme Court in July 2012 based on a clean chit given by the Income-Tax department in August 2010 and October 2010 when Sudhir Chandra was CBDT's Member (Investigation).

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