Madras HC quashes IT notice to Vijaykumar, who nabbed forest brigand Veerappan

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CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Thursday quashed a show-cause notice from the income tax department to retired IPS officer K Vijayakumar demanding capital gains tax on income he got by selling a plot the state government allotted him after the operation that killed forest brigand Veerappan in 2004.

Brushing aside the ground of the show-cause notice that approval of the Central Government for exemption was not produced, Justice Anitha Sumanth said “In my considered view, the reference to approval of Government of India does not only connote a paper conveying approval and bearing the stamp and seal of the Central Government but any material available in public domain indicating recognition for

"The petitioner has been recognised by the central government on several occasions for meritorious and distinguished services specifically for his role in nabbing Veerappan, for which he was awarded the President's Police Medal for Gallantry in 2005. What more! If this does not constitute recognition by the Centre of service in public interest."

The judge then allowed the plea moved by Vijay Kumar seeking to quash the I-T notice dated February 26, 2018. Vijay Kumar was allotted a plot in Anna Nagar west extension worth 1.08 crore. On December 15, 2009 in recognition of the role played by him in killing the forest brigand.

In recognition of the ‘special and commendable’ service, the then AIADMK government, led by then chief minister J Jayalalithaa, had also allotted 773 plots worth Rs.54.29 crores to the entire special investigation team led by Vijayakumar.

On December 15, 2009, the petitioner sold the property for a consideration of Rs 1.99 crore. Claiming that the income from the sale would attract capital gains tax, the I-T department issued a show-cause notice. The petitioner moved court challenging the notice (with inputs from Times of India and DTNext).

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