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Panama Papers fallout: Congress trains guns on Chhattisgarh CM

india Updated: Apr 08, 2016 01:36 IST
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Amid a political row over the Panama Papers revelations, the Congress on Thursday demanded a probe into the alleged offshore financial investments by Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh’s son and Lok Sabha MP Abhishek Singh.

The party accused the BJP-led NDA government of “ignoring” the investigations of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) for the past one year about the alleged “serious fraud, holding of off-shore assets and money laundering in off-shore accounts through fictitious companies” by Singh.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said when the issue was raised by the party in Chhattisgarh, Singh had denied having any foreign bank accounts. “He was intentionally vague by not mentioning any investments in form of shareholdings in a company. These companies can then own assets or whatever,” he said.

In the ICIJ investigations in 2013, Ramesh claimed that one Abhishak Singh is a shareholder of Quest Heights Ltd, an offshore company in British Virgin Islands, which is part of a “larger web created to hide away” offshore investments.

“Another firm also finds connection with Abhishak Singh that is Share Corp Ltd and this firm is shareholder in numerous other off-shore companies based out of tax havens like British Virgin Islands,” he said. “Who is Abhishak Singh? He is actually Abhishek Singh. He is the son of Chhattisgarh CM,” he added.

Ramesh claimed that the connection between Abhishek Singh and Abhishak Singh is brought out by the address. “The address is c/o Raman Medical Store, New Bus Stand, Vindhyavasini Ward, Ward no. 20, Kawardha. The other address is Raman Medical Stores, Main Road Kawardha. This proves the connection,” he alleged.

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