Hyderabad: Former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who has been banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged role in match-fixing scandal on Saturday denied that he had ever disclosed his income under the Voluntary Disclosure Income Scheme (VDIS). Azharuddin told UNI that he was never a defaulter under the Income Tax Act. His counsel Tumala Jagdish said Azharuddin had continuously filed assessments duly approved from 1985 onwards disclosing his income from all known sources, namely through his employment in a bank, the BCCI, remuneration from sponsors, and payments for advertisement promotion, in detail. "The IT authorities should check the veracity of recent media reports quoting reliable sources in this regard and take steps to prevent the vilification campaign against him," Jagdish said. He said Azharuddin had requested the IT department to give a detailed report appearing so that speculatory reports in the media about his disclosure under VDIS, could be put an end to. It was alleged that Azhar had declared a sum of Rs 16 crore under the VDIS a couple of years back. Azharuddin had been filing his Income Tax returns from Hyderabad only and from nowhere else and his Income Tax assessments have been up to date, his counsel added.
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