KOCHI l SUNDAY l JULY 19, 2020 l `8.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION NEW FORM 26AS TO INCLUDE HIGH-VALUE TRANSACTIONS The changes will help taxpayers know their actual tax liability, the Central Board of Direct Taxes said on Saturday SFTs TO BE SHOWN IN REVAMPED FORM The direct taxes board said it used to receive information like cash deposit/withdrawal, sale/purchase of immovable property, purchase of shares, etc from “specified persons” like banks and registrars. Now, all such information under different Statement of Financial Transaction (SFT) will be shown in Part E of the new Form 26AS CHANGES TO DISCOURAGE CONCEALMENT The new form will have SFTs in various categories to help taxpayers recall all their major financial transactions ■ “This would help the honest taxpayers with updated financial transactions, whereas it will desist those who inadvertently conceal financial transactions while filing returns,” CBDT said ■ Form 26AS IS AN ANNUAL CONSOLIDATED TAX STATEMENT CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Rebel Cong MLAs on the move, Govt adds ‘home’ to treatment plan Rajasthan’s SOG in hot pursuit 593 19 E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ T’Puram Anti-Corruption Bureau lodges FIR; BJP demands CBI probe into phone tapping ALL IN A DAY R A J E S H A S N A N I @ Jaipur Rajasthan Police’s Special Operations Group stays back in NCR to trace the rebel MLAs THE political drama in Rajasthan took another turn on Saturday with the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) lodging an FIR in connection with audio clips that suggested a conspiracy to topple the Ashok Gehlot government and the BJP filing a police complaint against three Congress leaders including Randeep Surjewala for allegedly defaming Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in connection with the tapes. The ACB action is based on a complaint by Congress chief whip in the state Assembly Mahesh Joshi. Earlier, the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police had lodged two FIRs and arrested businessman Sanjay Jain on Friday A . Jaipur court on Saturday sent Jain to four-day SOG remand. Meanwhile, an SOG team that travelled to Manesar in Haryana where 19 MLAs of the Sachin Pilot camp were staying at a resort but moved out before the sleuths could enter the premises, is staying back Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra for 45 minutes. While the official version said it was a courtesy meeting, the timing is curious Breaking her silence, former CM and senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje said people are paying for the discord within the Congress BSP leader Mayawati called for President’s rule considering the political instability in the state Advantage Gehlot? Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot on Saturday mopped up the support of two Bharatiya Tribal Party MLAs, shoring up numbers for his shaky government. “Both the MLAs announced their support to the government,” Gehlot tweeted in Hindi in the NCR to trace the rebels. According to sources, the SOG wanted to record the voice sample of MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma, who was allegedly heard in one of the tapes discussing bribe to topple the Gehlot-led government. On Friday the SOG team was , stopped for an hour before being allowed inside the Manesar ALL EYES ON SC COLLEGIUM AS JUSTICE BANUMATHI RETIRES K A N U S A R D A @ New Delhi WITH Justice R Banumathi set to retire on Sunday, the number of women judges in the Supreme Court will come down to two, and the overall judge strength to 31. Keeping this in mind, the SC Collegium is planning to recommend two names for elevation to fill the existing vacancies in the apex court. Sources said a meeting of the Collegium is likely to be convened soon. One of the names doing the rounds is that of Karnataka High Court judge B V Nagarathna. If she is elevated to the top court now, she will be in line to become the first woman Chief Justice of India in 2027 for a period of eight months. However, if Justice Nagarathna doesn’t get elevated to the Supreme Court— which comes with a threeyear extension—she will retire in October 2024. Among the other names under consideration include Punjab and Haryana HC Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha, Madras HC Chief Justice A P Sahi, Delhi High Court Chief Justice D N Patel, J&K High Court Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Gujarat HC Chief Justice Vikram Nath. COVID CRISIS TTD mulls closing Tirumala temple as 140 staff test +ve E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Tirupati THE Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) is expected to take a call in the next few days on whether to close the Srivari temple to devotees or further restrict their entry after 140 TTD employees, including 14 priests, tested positive for Covid-19. The Tirumala temple has been providing Srivari darshan to 12,000 devotees every day since it reopened on June 11. In recent days, agama advisor of the devasthanam A V Ramana Dikshitulu and others have called on the TTD to close the shrine to devotees for a few weeks to pro- tect the priests. TTD chairman Y V Subba Reddy was to meet officials on Saturday evening to decide on the future course of action. However, sources said the meeting did not take place, and it was understood that Reddy spoke to TTD executive officer Anil Kumar Singhal. A final decision, sources said, may be taken after consultation with Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy . Subba Reddy was not available for comment when TNIE tried to reach him. Agency reports quoting the TTD chairman said the senior pontiff of Shree Pedda Jeeyar Swamy Mutt had tested positive for coronavirus. His condition is stable. reort by the Haryana Police. The ADG of the SOG, Ashok Rathore, said: “Our team was told at the hotel reception that no MLAs were staying there. Later, our team went to another hotel where we were told some other MLAs of the Pilot group are lodged. Our team is now staying there and gathering more information.” Sources also said the SOG team wanted to question Union Minister Shekhawat after obtaining permission. While the Pilot camp has now gone silent, the BJP demanded a CBI enquiry into the audio tapes. “Is phone tapping not a legal issue? Were the standard procedures followed for phone tapping? The chief minister should answer if the state machinery was misused and if there is a veiled emergency in the state,” said BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Meanwhile, Gehlot met Governor Kalraj Mishra on Saturday evening. While the chief minister claimed it was just a courtesy call, observers believe it was a message to indicate confidence that his govP7 ernment is safe. After charity comes the harassment, controversy A R U N M @ Kochi VARSHA, a native of Kannur, had made an emotional appeal on social media a month ago seeking financial help for the treatment of her mother who needed an emergency liver surgery . To her surprise, she received a whopping `1.25 crore in her bank account within a few days. But Varsha has now filed a complaint saying that soon after her mother’s surgery, she started receiving threatening calls from various corners, including charity workers who helped her, demanding a share of the amount she received. Meanwhile, the huge flow of money within a short span and the subsequent controversy has raised suspicion over the involvement of a racket trying to legalise black money via the charity route, say sources. ● More on P4 WITH THIS ISSUE GUNS, GIRLS & GANGS PLUS 12 PAGES THE accelerating spread of Covid-19 has prompted the state government to consider making a major change to its patient mana g ement strate g y. Asymptomatic persons could receive treatment at home, should cases spiral out of hand and if patients reside in places easily accessible to quality medical attention. “As 60 per cent of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic, treating them in their homes could be considered. It will be implemented if the number of patients rises uncontrollably,” Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday TNIE had reported on June . 28 that the Covid-19 expert committee headed by Dr B Ekbal had suggested that asymptomatic and mild cases be treated at home, subject to certain conditions. The chief minister said, “It is an option. But only those who are able to seek immediate medical attention near their place of residence should be allowed treatment at home. For now, those who are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms will be admitted to Covid First-Line Treatment Centres.” His statement came on a day when the fresh case count — 593 — fell by nearly 200 from the previous day’s ● More on P5 tally of 791. KERALA CASE DIARY Covid-19 cases on Saturday 364 of them contracted the virus through local contact 6,416 under treatment health workers tested positive on the day Arul Das,70, and Babu Raj, 60, who died in T’Puram on July 11 and July 16 respectively, tested positive 40 DEATHS
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