The controversy over alleged tax evasion by senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took a political turn on Tuesday with the ruling BJP saying it was a ‘classic expression’ of how black money was being generated in India.
The BJP’s charge against Singhvi comes in the backdrop of the Settlement Commission adding about Rs 92 crore to the professional income of the Congress leader, who is also an advocate, over a period of three years.
The commission has slapped a penalty of Rs 56.75 crore on Singhvi.
“Why was Singhvi not declaring this income?” BJP spokesman Sambit Patra asked, adding, “Law will surely take its course but will Congress punish Mr Singhvi?”
A statement on behalf of the Congress leader rebutted the allegations point by point.
While its government received criticism from rivals for refusing to divulge the name of certain foreign bank account holders, the BJP said Singhvi’s case was only the tip of the iceberg.
“The country is well aware of the fact that many tall leaders of Congress have stashed black money not only abroad but also at home,” Patra said.
The statement on behalf of Singhvi said there was no issue regarding wrongful receipts and 100 per cent receipts are admittedly by cheque.
“Even the allegation ( wrongly) made is only of inflated expenses claimed,” it read. It said the very operation of the order of the Settlement Commission (SC), being bandied around, has been stayed by the high court and thus, in law, no order exists and none is operative.
It said the very operation of the order of the Settlement Commission being bandied around, has been stayed by the high court and thus, in law, no order exists and none is operative.