Two days after the Municipal Corporation confiscated the bank accounts of AMU for allegedly failing to pay property tax dues of over Rs. 14 crores, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Wednesday said that Municipal Corporation owes the University over Rs. 9 crores.
The Assistant Public Relation Officer at AMU, Zeeshan Ahmad said that the University has informed Union Education Ministry and UGC regarding the efforts taken by the Aligarh Municipal Corporation on the Aligarh Muslim University.
The matter of AMU’s tax dues is under consideration in the district court of Aligarh. The Aligarh Muslim University claimed to be regularly paying the property taxes to the Aligarh Municipal Corporation. Ahmad asserted that seizing the accounts is not the appropriate step taken by the corporation.
The Assistant Public Relation Officer further contended that the corporation owes over Rs. 9 crores to AMU. The administration in December sent a reminder to them asking them to pay the electricity bills for their electric hand pumps installed in AMU’s campus for the supply of water.
The Chief Taxation Officer Aligarh, Vinay Kumar Rai on Monday said that the municipal corporation confiscated the bank account of the University after the varsity failed to pay over Rs. 14 crores of property tax. The property tax of AMU is due for the last 8 to 10 years and the corporation has been continuously sending reminder to the varsity to pay off the dues.
The taxation official further said that if the dues are not cleared within a week, the corporation will transfer the money from AMU’s account to Municipal Corporation. He added that the corporation might also think of obscuring the AMU property if dues are not paid within a week.