A Delhi court has issued warrant for the appearance of Sahara Chief Subrata Roy, now lodged in Tihar Jail, in an Income Tax case in which he has been accused of not filing returns for a group company for the 2013-14 assessment year.
Along with Roy, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Devendra Kumar Sharma sought presence of J B Roy and Ranoj Das Gupta, two directors of Sahara India Commercial Corporation Ltd, and issued bailable warrants against the two as they failed to appear before the court today inspite of its summons served to them earlier.
“Accused no. 2 Subrata Roy Sahara is in judicial custody in Tihar Jail. Let production warrant of accused no. 2 be issued through the concerned jail superintendent.
“Since none is appearing for accused no. 3 (J B Roy) and 5 (Gupta), hence issue bailable warrant against them in the sum of Rs 10,000 each through SHO concerned,” the court said.
The court has put up the matter for the appearance of all the accused on April 15.
Apart from these three, the Income Tax Department has also made the company and another director O P Srivastava accused. Srivastava had moved an application before the court seeking exemption from personal appearance today on the ground of some business engagement.
The court said no ground of exemption was made out as the vakalatnama was signed by the accused today itself but granted him exemption from personal appearance.
The Income Tax department, on February 13 this year, had filed a complaint in the court against the company and its directors, Subrata Roy, J B Roy, O P Srivastava and Ranoj Das Gupta for not filing income tax return of the company for the assessment year 2013-14.
They have been booked for the offence of Section 276 CC of the IT Act which deals with failure to furnish return of income in due time.
The court had earlier taken cognizance of the complaint and issued summons to the five accused seeking their presence.
The income tax return was not filed by them till the time of filing of the complaint and cognisance taken by the court.