A tea seller has come under the radar of the Income Tax Department for allegedly dishing out Rs 1.51 crore as dowry for his six daughters at their April 4 wedding. In a recent video that went viral previous week, Leela Ram Gujjar was seen in a video counting the notes in a loud voice in front of local villagers and community leaders, who’s an owner of a tea stall at Haduata near Kothputli. He’s also seen handing over the packages of notes to the families of the grooms.
Straight away after this video went viral, he was summoned by the Income Tax officials on Wednesday to know about his source of the earnings, but Gujjar failed to explain the source of his earnings. The IT department has summoned him once yet again with the proper documents to prove the source of his incomes on Thursday. A senior I-T officer said, “We will wait till Thursday. He will be questioned on his income, and it will be checked if he filed his returns or not. If the dowry he paid stemmed from unaccounted for income, a tax deduction process would be initiated. He has also been asked to produce documents pertaining to his income.”
Things are definitely not going great for this tea seller (Gujjar) as he’s also under the scanner for getting four of his six minor daughters getting married. Gujjar is under the scanner for paying dowry which is a punishable offense under the law. According to the sources, Gujjar had printed wedding cards for just two of his elder daughters to not come into the limelight for the marriage of his minor daughters, but his four minor daughters were also married at the April 4 ritual.
Now, Gujjar is absconding and the police are looking out for him and his family. “We visited their house but they are missing. Their relatives have been asked to appear at the police station,” said an officer of the Kothputli police station.