Fact Check

Fake News on Income Tax Notices to Durga Puja Committees Busted

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The Chief Minister of Bengal Mamata Banerjee in a series of tweets has raised the matter of income tax notices being issued to Durga puja committees in the state. She had, in fact, appealed people to join her in the protest. Below are the tweets from her.

Apart from the Chief Minister, this news of tax notices was carried by many media groups too.

The Mayor of Kolkata Firhad Hakim gave it a political colour by saying that the notices were issued at the behest of the BJP government. “This has been done at the behest of BJP because they are scared. First, they wanted to capture the pujas but they failed in that attempt, so now they want to abolish the pujas by creating these problems. We are against that because Durga Puja is the culture of Bengal and it is our national festival and we will always celebrate that,” he said.

But, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has rejected all these claims of income tax notices being issued to Durga Puja committees.

CBDT as reported by ANI has said, “There have been reports in media about Income tax notices being issued to Durga Puja Committees in Kolkata. The reports also mention that Income tax notices were sent to Durga Puja Committee Forum in last few weeks. It is unequivocally stated that the said reports are factually incorrect and are strongly denied. It is a fact that no notice was issued to the Durga Puja Committee Forum by the Department this year.