BJP accuses Virbhadra Singh of forgery, money laundering

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 23, 2012 12:30 hrs

Shimla, Oct 23 (IANS) Former union minister Virbhadra Singh, spearheading the Congress campaign in Himachal Pradesh, Tuesday again came under attack from the BJP on charges of forgery and money laundering.

Launching a scathing attack against Singh, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley here said Singh had modified his income tax returns during 2008-11 through "forgery" and increased his income by Rs.6.15 crore.

Defending himself, the five-time former Congress chief minister said some leaders of the BJP, especially Jaitley, "seem to know more than me about my income tax returns".

"Virbhadra Singh has now filed revised income tax returns for three years on March 2, 2012, in which the agricultural income of a few lakhs of rupees as already disclosed has now increased by Rs.6.15 crore. It's by a miracle or forgery," Jaitley told reporters.

"It is not merely a case of corruption or income tax evasion. It's a case of forgery and crime," Jaitley added.

Earlier, the BJP had attacked the Congress leader on the Ispat Industries payoff wrongdoings, wherein a diary entry of Rs.2.28 crore was marked against the initials "VBS" during the period when Singh was steel minister in the central government.

"It clearly appears that large amounts of cash income have been unauthorisedly generated for the benefit of Virbhadra Singh and his family members. The attempt was to deposit this cash in a bank account held by Anand Chauhan (an LIC agent) from where it is paid towards the LIC premiums (of Singh and his family)," Jaitley said.

He added: "However, since the income tax department became aware of this transaction, back-dated agreements are entered into to prepare a false defence by retrospectively increasing Singh's income."

The BJP leader demanded that a special investigative team be set up to investigate the case.

Singh said in a statement here: "I have filed my income tax return for the financial year 2011-12 which is true and factual and they are supported by vouchers and receipts."

"I am surprised how Arun Jaitley acquired a private and personnel document which is in safe custody of the competent authorities. They are using these methods to mislead the people by putting up false, fabricated and fake allegations against me," he said.

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