Commonwealth Games tax evasion inquiry widens

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Old 29-Oct-2010
Commonwealth Games tax evasion inquiry widens

New Delhi: Officers of the Income Tax department yesterday widened their search operations, and visited some 60 premises across cities of individuals and firms who won lucrative contracts for the Commonwealth Games, officials said.

A senior tax official said: "Today we launched our search operations at the premises of some more Commonwealth Games contractors around 60 or so. This is a part of our ongoing probe.

We are examining if there was any tax evasion while executing contracts".

He said the cities where the search operations took place included Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Mumbai and some in Jharkhand.

"Our probe is specifically looking at the contracts awarded by the Organising Committee and the role played by its officials and contractors," he said.

"There are also charges of bribery. We will seize documents and books of accounts if needed." Income tax officials had conducted similar search operations on October 19 on some 30 premises of those who had won the Games contracts.

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