The Income Tax department has sent notices for scrutiny to two NGOs associated with former IPS officer and Team Anna member Kiran Bedi, who said she is open to any investigation. The I-T notices to NGOs Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation sent yesterday pertain to certain exemptions enjoyed by them under various provisions of the Income Tax Act, sources said.
The notices have been sent by the Exemptions unit of the I-T department located in the national capital, they said. Recently, another Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had received an I-T notice for alleged violation of service rules and subsequent recovery of dues. When contacted, Bedi did not attribute any motive to the notices as she had “no evidence” to suggest so.
She said it was for the first time that the NGOs received such a notice. “Both the NGOs received the notices yesterday. Is it a coincidence? I am happy to be scrutinised,” she said. The social activist said the NGOs were audited for ISO-9001 certification and everything has been streamlined. “These are professionally run organisations. The Chartered Accountants are always monitoring it. And now we are in the process of attaining ISO certification. Till date, we have done all our paper work in time,” she said.