An income tax report placed in the Supreme Court revealed that the family members of former chief justice of India KG Balakrishnan had not disclosed crores of income they purchased during his tenure.
The report contains assessment of income of his daughters, son-in law and brother from financial year 2005-06 to 2012-13.
However, it said there was nothing against Balakrishnan but his family members had certainly undervalued their assets and finally settled the case after paying tax on the income assessed by the department, said a report in Times of India.
The IT department, while assessing their assets, found out stark differences in the income listed by the family in ROI.
The SC is hearing a PIL seeking an SIT probe against them alleging that benami properties worth crores of rupees were purchased by the family during Balakrishnan's tenure at the apex court.
NGO Common Cause had moved the Supreme Court for an independent investigation against former Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan for “possession of disproportionate assets”. Advocate Prashant Bhushan had filed a writ petition for Common Cause in 2013 seeking the court to direc the central government to remove Justice Balakrishnan as the NHRC Chairperson.
“However, the tenure of Justice Balakrishnana as NHRC head came to an end in 2015 November, and therefore the plea became infractuous. So, the NGO moved an application to allow for substitution of the existing prayer in the writ petition asking the court to issue a writ directing independent investigation by an SIT or CBI into the alleged possession of disproportionate assets,” reportedLiveLaw.