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CIC asks I-T dept to disclose tax returns of Biju Janata Dal

Income tax returns of Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janata Dal should be made public as the issue concerns larger public interest, the Central Information Commission has held.

BJD, which will face assembly elections in May, had opposed disclosure of its income tax returns, saying since they do not receive any grant from the government directly and indirectly, information about their ITRs should not be disclosed. The Income Tax Department decided to withhold information sought by Anil Bairwal of Association of Democratic Reforms citing a Supreme Court order which said that ITRs are personal information and should not be disclosed unless a larger public interest is involved.
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