A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders including MP party president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan, transport minister Bhupendra Singh, revenue minister Rampal Singh met the chief commissioner of income tax and submitted a memorandum in the name of chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes asking him to reopen an old income tax evasion case in which former chief minister Digvijaya Singh’s name allegedly figures.
Three diaries were recovered from the house of a builder during a search conducted on May 30, 2008. The BJP has claimed that separate entries by the builder prior to October 2003 referred to Rs 10 crore paid to ‘CM’ and ‘HCM’. The BJP had claimed that Digvijaya Singh was the chief minister and his statement should be recorded.
Digvijaya Singh had on February16 alleged that chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had a role in the professional examination board (PEB) scam. He had complained to the SIT that entries bearing words ‘CM’ were deleted from hard disk confiscated from prime accused Nitin Mohindra.
After Digvijaya Singh’s complaint to the SIT, the Jehangirabad police station had registered a case against him and former speaker Sriniwas Tiwari for flouting rules in appointment in the MP Vidhan Sabha between the years 1993 and 2003. On March 14, state BJP president had convened a press conference where he said diary entries had suggested that Digvijaya Singh had received money from the builder.
On Monday, while presenting the memorandum, BJP leaders said the case should be reopened under section 148 of the I-T Act and statement of the then chief minister be recorded under section 133(6).