Is NDTV in contempt of Court?

Another asset sale by NDTV in brazen violation of IT order. Who is the invisible hand in the government that is shielding them?

Another asset sale by NDTV in brazen violation of IT order. Who is the invisible hand in the government that is shielding them?
Another asset sale by NDTV in brazen violation of IT order. Who is the invisible hand in the government that is shielding them?

Can they sell assets when they owe money to the Income Tax Dept?

The last time we wrote about NDTV was when the Income Tax (IT) Officer who exposed NDTV tax frauds was transferred from his post[1]. According to many officers in the Income Tax department, Bhupinderjit Kumar, the IT Officer was initiating criminal action against NDTV promoters if the dues were not paid by March 31, 2018.  As part of non-payment of taxes, the IT department was in the process of seizing the assets of NDTV. Mysteriously, this has not happened yet!

And now, NDTV has decided to sell part of a subsidiary, Red Pixels Ventures Limited (RPVL) to A R Chadha And Co (India) Private Limited, the landlord of the office premises in New Delhi. In a filing with the Stock Exchanges (see Figure 1), NDTV said that they have approved the sale of up to 7.38% stake of the Company @ Rs. 59,824/- per Equity share in RPVL towards paying rent[2]. Despite the actions by several agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax Department.

Sale of Assets
Fig 1. Sale of Assets

IT Dept has barred NDTV from selling assets

In an order dated June 16, 2017, the IT department had written to NDTV (see Figure 2), the order explicitly prohibits transfer of any assets of the company without the permission of the Assessing Officer…

IT Order telling NDTV not to sell assets
Fig 2. IT Order telling NDTV not to sell assets

Yet, NDTV continues to blithely sell off its assets. What is even more strange is why the landlord is accepting equity of a troubled company in lieu of rent?

ED is also hot on the heels of NDTV

In the last hearing before Honb’le Justice Shakhder (Delhi HC), ED has confirmed that Roys have been summoned and their statements recorded under PMLA. Further, even Reliance Group members have also been summoned in the same PMLA matter. The HC order dated February 8, 2018, clearly records that summons were issued also to the Director of one of the companies of Reliance and the Branch Manager of the ICICI Bank, I have asked the counsel for ED and the Assistant Director, ED to file an updated report qua this part as well. In other words, all those who have come under the scanner, their statements will be recorded and concomitant steps will be taken, as mandated in law[3].

Not the first time…

This is not the first time that NDTV has flouted directions of the IT department. In June 2017, NDTV had sold four of its online companies to a Coal Scam accused KJS Group[4]. In a declaration submitted to Stock Exchanges on June 23, NDTV said they have sold out companies like NDTV Lifestyle, NDTV Convergence, NDTV Worldwide, NDTV Ethnic Retail Limited to the Nameh Hotels and Resorts Private Limited. It is learnt that all these companies who are just owning websites were sold at a pittance of just Rs. Two Crores!

How is NDTV acting so brazenly? Who in the current dispensation is the “invisible hand” that is helping them stave off all agencies, get extensions in the court and so on? After PGurus questioned the presence of BJP Ministers showing up on NDTV, there has been a lull for some time now. Is this set to resume again?

The complete IT Tax letter dated June 16, 2017 (copy of the Delhi High Court Order published on their website) is shown below:

NDTV Tax Letter June 16 2017 by Sree Iyer on Scribd


References:

[1] Shocker! The IT Officer who exposed NDTV Tax frauds transferredMar 12, 2018, PGurus.com

[2] NDTV to sell part of subsidiary to landlord, to pay outstanding rentMay 1, 2018, OpIndia.com

[3] Are Roys the benami owners of NDTV? Is Reliance Industries in Control? Mar 12, 2018, PGurus.com

[4] Violating directions of Income Tax, NDTV sells 4 outfits to the Coal Scam accused KJS GroupJun 24, 2017, PGurus.com

Team PGurus

4 COMMENTS

  1. Is the FM the Achilles heal of Mr. Modi? Time will tell, but sooner the matter is settled, better is for the credentials of Modi who has had a spotless image.

  2. Endless court proceedings, waiting for d-day to be pronounced & downing of this anti-india national channel & its owners

  3. Mr Shakuni is a self accquired Curse of Mr Modi.Everything is going wrong under FM and HM and still Mr Niro fiddles.

  4. The influential and mighty with good connections in corridors of power can get away with anything. The orders from ITD and Honourable Court are just piece of papers for throwing in dust bin? Prannoy Roy is moving freely in Karnataka covering the election with his chamchas. This can happen only in India? Will there be any serious action taken against such crooks, who are fooling the public? Only Mr S Swamy can do something.

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