A city court has issued summons to BJP national headquarter in-charge Shyam Sunder Jaju for his alleged role in money laundering using forged PAN cards. The court has also directed the police to take measures to stop Jaju from leaving the country.
"Shyam Sunder Jaju is involved in cognisable offences of getting forged PAN cards by cheating the Income Tax Department," said Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey.
Jaju, who was filing tax returns for Rs 2-3 lakh, had entered into an MoU to invest Rs 4 crore in SK Infotech Private, I-T officials said. The officials also said that Jaju has three Permanent Account Numbers in blatant violation of income tax regulations. Jaju has been summoned to court on July 24.
Counsel for the IT department said in court that Jaju has reputedly done overseas transaction in huge amount of money. "He is reported to be operating a bank account in Dubai, where the money has been transacted," the counsel said. IT department officials told the court that Jaju even attempted to flee the country six days ago with jewellery and expensive items worth crores.
On January 28 this year, Jaju had lodged an FIR saying a man had been trying to acquire details of Jaju's account with Andhra Bank branch using a fake PAN card issued in Jaju's name.
The man, Chandan Jha, was arrested when the bank manager informed Jaju about the enquiries made by Jha. He was later sent to judicial custody. The judge, presiding over the IT department's case against Jaju, took note of the incident and said, "It appears that Jaju has falsely implicated Jha in a connivance with local police."
The court recently received an anonymous letter stating Jaju has acquired four PAN cards using false identity details.
The letter also revealed that Jaju availed an auto loan by using one of the PAN cards. It had documentary evidence to substantiate the allegations. It provides photocopies of a property deal, which Jaju undertook using the fake PAN card.