Clearing the air over the I-T department’s comments in the Supreme Court against him on his telephonic interactions with meat exporter Moin Qureshi, former CBI director Amar Pratap Singh alleged that the department never gave him a chance to explain or clarify his stance.
According to Singh, the I-T department during its ongoing eight-month long probe against Qureshi for alleged tax evasion, had only once contacted him and not for clarifications related to some of the comments purportedly made in its appraisal report submitted to the apex court.
Singh told HT, “From media reports I learnt that the income tax department while presenting its appraisal report on Moin Qureshi in the SC had made certain adverse comments against me. I was not given an opportunity to explain my position regarding some of the comments made in the appraisal report.”
Singh added, “I do not have a copy of the I-T report and I am not a party yet in the court proceedings. So, how do I respond to the adverse comments?” His lawyers are examining the options to procure a copy of the appraisal report to respond to it, he said.
“Just once, in June this year, they had sent me a routine I-T notice about issues like the record of my assets, my travels abroad, the amount of the rent Qureshi gave to me for my Defence Colony floor,” Singh said.
“Qureshi is a friend and he was in touch, but not daily. Only once he had requested me for help regarding an individual but I had refused,” he added.
Presenting a copy of the appraisal report against Qureshi in a sealed cover to the court, a judicial official had said that it disclosed an allegedly astonishing close state-of-affairs between Qureshi and Singh, who is currently a member of the UPSC.