Jayanthi Natarajan’s Rahul Gandhi letter ‘bomb’ row: At Aditya Birla Group office, I-T found entries marked ‘payment’ for ‘Project J (Environment)’

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar have indicated that projects dealt with by former UPA minister Jayanthi Natarajan will be put under the scanner.

Jayanthi Natarajan, Jayanthi Natarajan Congress, CongressWith projects dealt with by former UPA environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan to be put under the scanner, a set of entries in documents recovered by the I-T Department from the office of Aditya Birla Group during a raid in October 2013 could also be up for scrutiny.

With Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar indicating that projects dealt with by former UPA environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan will be put under the scanner, a set of entries in documents recovered by the Income Tax Department from the office of the Aditya Birla Group during a raid in October 2013 could also be up for scrutiny.

The raid was conducted as a follow-up to the CBI probe into the group’s alleged role in the Hindalco coal allotment scandal.

Two annexures, categorised as Annexure A-1 and Annexure A-2, are now part of the appraisal report prepared by I-T’s investigation wing and as first reported by The Indian Express (on January 15, 2015), the assessment wing has a March 2016 deadline to complete its report on
the findings.  A scrutiny of the 167-page appraisal report shows that there are 13 entries listed on Page 2 of Annexure-2 which are called “payments under Project – J, Environment and Forest” and these add up to Rs 7.08 crore. Dates of these entries are between January 9, 2012 and February 2, 2012.

The two Birla executives whose statements were recorded by the IT sleuths after the search were also questioned about these “Project J” entries but they did not provide specific answers. Their statements on nature of entries found in the recovered documents, too, form part of the appraisal report.

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