Himachal Congress president Virbhadra Singh, under attack in the alleged Ispat Industries payoff scam, on Tuesday accused BJP leader Arun Jaitley of running a malicious campaign and advised him to approach law-enforcement agencies to prove the corruption charges rather than raking up the issue in the media.
"BJP's politicians have taken over the role of the income tax department, which has so far not sought any clarification from me. A malicious campaign cannot replace facts and truth. Instead of misleading media organisations, I would urge Jaitley to approach law-enforcing agencies if they want to prove something against me," the Congress leader said in a statement here.
"I am shocked by media reports that have put out about my tax returns," he said, adding "some BJP leaders, especially Jaitley, seem to know more about my IT returns than I do. Their information is based on imaginary details, which are being put out to create confusion among the people, and to divert my attention from the election campaign."
He claimed that the BJP had raised the Ispat issue earlier too after which he had sought a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. "I have filed my returns for the 2011-12 financial year and they are supported by vouchers and receipts," he said.
"I am surprised how personal information pertaining to my tax returns, which are not even provided under the RTI act without the permission of the assessee, are being highlighted in the media during the peak of the election campaign," said Singh. He denied having received any questionnaire from the income tax department. He said that he would respond to the income tax department as and when information was sought.