New Delhi, Sep 6: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central government to place before it details of the steps it had taken to verify the sources of income of lawmakers whose assets increased many fold in just one term as elected representatives.
SC seeks details into increase in lawmakers' assets
The bench of Justice J.Chelameswar and Justice S. Abdul zeer sought the details of the steps taken by the tax authorities to examine these cases, as senior counsel K. Radhakrishn told the court that the cases where there was manifold increase in assets were being looked into.
“If you say that you have taken up 1,2,3 cases, that will establish your bo fides that you are in principle in favour of reforms”, the bench told the senior counsel as he asserted: “We believe in action.”
Noting that they were just asking for basic information, the bench said that “if government was not averse to reforms, then necessary information must be available”.
The court query came as the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) had cited the instances of four law makers whose assets have increased by 1,200 per cent or more , and another 22 law makers whose assets recorded an increase of 500 per cent. (IANS)