Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh on Friday dismissed the charges of money laundering, cheating and fraud lodged against him, claiming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was behind them.
“I will lodge a defamation case against Mayawati for her false and malicious campaign,” he said.
A social worker, Shivakant Tripathi, had lodged an FIR at a Kanpur police station on Thursday accusing Singh of committing a Rs 400-crore fraud by creating a web of shell companies. The complaint said Singh had amalgamated the shell companies with six core firms he was closely associated with.
As director of two of those core firms, actor Amitabh Bachchan has also been named among the co-accused, along with his wife Jaya Bachchan.
“The complaint charges Amar Singh and Amitabh Bachchan with opening investment firms and inviting deposits from the public to convert their black money into white,” said Brij Lal, additional director-general (law and order), UP.
Singh maintained Tripathi was linked to Mayawati.