The Income Tax Department is conducting raids at several places in connection with the case of 'funding of more than 20 registered but unrecognized political parties'.
New Delhi: Now a days ED, CBI, IT department are on action. They are conducting back to back searches. The Income Tax Department raids are going on at the Center of Policy Research, an independent think-tank based in Delhi. This action on CPR is related to the raids by the Income Tax Department in Haryana, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The Income Tax Department is conducting raids at several places over “funding of more than 20 registered but unrecognized political parties”.
The head of this center has once been a prominent critic of the BJP government and educationist Pratap Bhanu Mehta. At present, the chairperson of the governing board of CPR is Meenakshi Gopinath. Political scientist Gopinath used to teach at Jawaharlal Nehru University and has been the principal of Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi. Its President and Chief Executive is Yamini Iyer. Its board members include former foreign secretary Shyam Saran and IIM professor Rama Bijapurkar.
CPR, on its website, states that it is recognised as a “not-for-profit society” by the Government of India, and contributions to it are “tax exempt”.
“CPR receives grants from a variety of domestic and international sources, including foundations, corporate philanthropy, governments, and multilateral agencies,” the note on the website adds.
The think-tank, founded in 1973, further states that it is a “non-partisan, independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to high quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the issues that impact life in India”.