New Delhi: In a major crackdown, the Income Tax Department has attached a benami commercial plot in Noida worth Rs 400 crore belonging to BSP chief Mayawati’s brother Anand Kumar and his wife where a five-star hotel was supposed to come up.
The action comes ahead of the by-elections in 12 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh.
A senior IT official told IANS that the wealth of Anand Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata rose steeply between 2007 to 2012, the years Mayawati was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister.
An IT order said the Benami Prohibition Unit of Delhi had passed a Provisional Attachment order on Tuesday under section 24 (3) of the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988.
This related to the plot of land measuring 28,328.07 square meters (seven acres) located in a prime locality in Noida which is owned by Anand Kumar and his wife.
“The book value of the property is approximately Rs 400 crore,” the order said.
According to IT department officials, the attached plot, where a five-star hotel and other luxury facilities were planned to be created, was registered in Noida’s Sector 94.
The total properties apparently belonging to Anand Kumar and his wife are estimated at Rs 1,300 crore. The official revealed that Anand Kumar was the proprietor of over 12 companies, most of them shell companies, and had amassed over Rs 440 crore in cash and properties worth Rs 870 crore.
An IT probe detected a complex web of shareholding by at least six firms who were the entities in whose name the “benami” property stood. (IANS)