New Delhi: Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, who is leading an agitation against black money in the country, is in the eye of a storm yet again. Just 48 hours before Ramdev embarks on yet another anti-corruption protest, CNN-IBN has accessed an excise intelligence report that exposes how he has failed to pay taxes.
Ramdev has shared dais with powerful chief ministers and created political storms in the country with his anti-black money movement has also been called names by political leaders.
"He is a thug. He goes to Claridges Hotel to strikes deals and then talks about black money," says Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh.
A top secret investigation report prepared by Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence brings Baba Ramdev under scanner himself. The note reads, "The income tax department has denied the charitable nature of the trust through an order dated 30.12.2011. Accordingly, it is proposed to investigate and demand the service tax liability under the club and membership services."
What this note shows is that Baba Ramdev's organisation Divya Yog Mandir trust was not paying service tax for the money that it was generating through making members for this trust. It also states that the trust paid a service tax of Rs 19.78 lakh on property that it owned and had rented out only after an enquiry was conducted.
The report reveals that Ramdev's Divya Yog Mandir Trust has not paid a service tax of Rs 4 crore it owed to the government. Ramdev's trust had collected Rs 40 crore as membership fee from the followers of the yoga guru and the service tax on the amount comes to Rs 4 crore.
The report by Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence also says that the Ramdev's trust has not yet furnished financial details to the Income Tax authorities.
According to the report, the trust collected Rs 37.98 crore as membership fee from 2007 to 2011. The Kanpur unit of Central Excise Intelligence has registered cases against Randev's trusts - Patanjali Yogpeeth and Divya Yog Mandir Trust. Showcause notices have already been issued to Patanjali Yogpeeth and an investigation against Divya Yog Mandir Trust is still on.
In what could make things more difficult for Ramdev is a complaint made by Swamy Karamveer of Maharishi Patanjali foundation making serious allegations of tax fraud against him. The complaint against the Divya Yog Mandir trust has now been forwarded to the commercial tax departments at Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Kolkata, Raipur, Indore and Uttarakhand.