IT grills Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain for over three hours, AAP cries 'vendetta' - Firstpost

IT grills Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain for over three hours, AAP cries 'vendetta'

New Delhi: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday appeared before the Income Tax Department which questioned him for over three hours at the Central Revenue Building here in connection with a tax evasion probe against certain Kolkata-based firms.

Afterwards, Jain slammed the I-T department's move to summon him as "a witness" and said he was the Centre's "latest victim of vendetta politics".

A file photo of Satyendra Jain. CNN News 18

A file photo of Satyendra Jain. CNN News 18

He said the allegations against him do not hold water as he had made all the necessary disclosures in his I-T returns and election affidavits.

"It is a conspiracy to malign my political career," Jain told reporters in a press conference at the Aam Aadmi Party office after his appearance, that lasted from around 12 noon to a little over 3 pm.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh termed Jain's summoning as "harassment" and emphasised the party and the government "stand by him".

The I-T department had last month asked Jain, a key member of the AAP Cabinet, to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case on 4 October and furnish personal financial details and ITRs for the last four years.

Jain, who worked as an architect before joining politics, arrived at the I P Estate office accompanied by party leaders Singh and Ashutosh around 12 noon.

The I-T department had reportedly recovered documents relating to some transactions being made by at least three Kolkata-based firms and had a link to Jain.

He said the investments in the three firms were done when he was still in architecture.

He said at present, he is neither a director nor a shareholder in these companies and has no connection with them since July 2013.

"They failed to answer as to why I was summoned. They are projecting me as a hawala trader. I wonder whether the media prepared the questions I was asked by the I-T department or vice-versa. I was surprised when they asked me about persons whom I never met and spoke to in my entire life," he said.

However, the day had its share of drama in the form of a slipper attack against Jain, Singh and Ashutosh just as they were leaving the I-T office.

Bhavana Arora, who had staged an ink attack on Arvind Kejriwal in January, hurled a slipper at the AAP leaders which hit their car. She was upset over Kejriwal's remarks on cross-LoC anti-terror surgical strikes by the army.

The I-T department officials had claimed they have received records of certain financial transactions connected to Jain after their counterparts in Kolkata recently searched a firm in connection with a tax evasion and alleged illegal financial remittances case.

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