Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain was summoned by the Income Tax department on September 22 following which he visited it on Tuesday. The visit comes in reference to the reassessment of three companies in which he served as director and for alleged hawala transfer of Rs 17 crore.
Calling the interrogation a “politically motivated,” Jain said “I was asked questions about people I have never known. They kept asking me about five, six names. I was asked if these people were employed by me. They never were and they never will be. The whole thing is based on lies. It’s a politically motivated conspiracy to malign me.”
Earlier, after receiving the I-T summons, Jain had said, “When I got a ticket to contest the election on July 19, 2013, I resigned from all the three companies on July 31. Between 2007 and 2012, I also had investments in these companies and these investments were declared in my election affidavits of 2013 and 2015. If I had Rs 17 crore, then this would not be Aam Aadmi Party”.
In his perspective, the entire controversy is “an attempt to spoil” his political image by portraying him for doing something wrong. He said that he had served as a director in three companies – M/s Indo Metallmpex Private Limited , M/s Paryas Infosolutions Private Limited and M/s Akinchan Developers Private Limited — which are being reassessed for the year 2012-13.
The Health Minister asserted that the IT department can do what they feel like but he is not going to back down.
“Whatever I have earned, I have earned through honest means.”
According to the department, four companies of Jain have illegally transferred Rs 17 crore while he received cheques issued to these companies. He is alleged to have used that money to buy properties near unauthorised colonies. The summons — sent to Jain’s residence by Deepak Garg, additional commissioner, Income Tax, Special Range – 4 — have been issued under section 13 (1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The minister was asked to attend the additional commissioner’s office on October 4.