Top BJP leader has 3 PAN cards, inquiry ordered
A Delhi court has ordered an enquiry against Shyam Jaju, Bhartiya Janata Party's (BJP) national headquarters in-charge, for allegedly possessing three Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards.delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2010 23:49 IST
A Delhi court has ordered an enquiry against Shyam Jaju, Bhartiya Janata Party's (BJP) national headquarters in-charge, for allegedly possessing three Permanent Account Number (PAN) cards.
Delhi Police said they were investigating the case and have asked Jaju for the required documents.
On June 28, a city court had received an anonymous complaint where it was alleged that Jaju was operating three separate PAN cards for financial transactions in Mumbai and Pune. The court took note of the anonymous letter, which was sent to it with details of various transactions and asked the Delhi Police to investigate.
"I find prima facie to order probe into the alleged transactions made from these PAN cards," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey said, fixing July 12 as the deadline for police to complete the probe.
"Based on the court's order, we have registered a case and are investigating," said a senior police officer.
However, refuting the vharges, Jaju told Hindustan Times, "I only have one PAN card. I was the one who had registered an FIR in January this year, when a man who had three PAN cards in my name went to Andhra Bank to get details of my bank account. I have already given details of these fake PAN cards to the police."
According to the letter, Jaju has filed income-tax returns against all the four PAN cards.
The letter reads that Jaju has an HDFC account number (05071050072321) in Pune, Maharashtra, which was created with the details of one of the alleged PAN cards.
Moreover, the residential address given for opening the account, that is, 1850, Sadashiv, Pune, is a public toilet.
The sender has attached a certificate from the Pune Municipal authority, verifying the address of the account holder.
The letter alleges that Jaju has also opened a DMAT account, number (203320005010747) registered with Angel Broking Limited, Mumbai.
The letter has a copy of the documentary proofs, which are required to establish the above allegations.
On January 28, Jaju lodged an FIR with the Parliament Street police station alleging that one Chandan Jha was trying to get details of his bank account located in Andhra Bhawan premises, by using a fake PAN card in the former's name.
Jha was arrested when the alert bank manager informed Jaju about the enquiries made by the former.
The three PAN cards were found in Jha's possession.