In what can silence the Aam Aadmi Party, the Income Tax department has compiled a detailed three-page report regarding the raids conducted at AAP MLA Kartar Singh Tanwar’s residence, which entail unaccounted wealth, properties and the fact that some members of his family haven’t filed their IT returns for the last three years.
Last month, the department raided Tanwar’s residence and office and alleged that they had found proofs of benami property and other illegal details related to his properties. When a raid was again conducted this week, an unaccounted wealth of Rs 13o crore and some jewellery were seized in the procedure.
Calling it as Modi’s political vendetta against AAP, Tanwar said that he was being framed. His office maintains that all this is “politically motivated” and insisted that he had submitted all documents related to his assets duly in the Income Tax department.
“Regular I-T returns are filed by him and he has proper statement of accounts for all his transactions. His grandfather held over 150 acres of prime land in Delhi in the 1950s and 60s. It is not like he has acquired money overnight,” a source close to the MLA said. The source added that the I-T department found Rs 11 lakh in cash, but that did not mean it was not accounted for. “They are a family of seven and to have found Rs 11 lakh among all of them means nothing.”
Before contesting the polls in February 2015, Tanwar’s affidavit submitted to the Election Commission showed assets worth Rs 17.64 crore, of which immovable assets were Rs 7.69 crore and movable assets Rs 9.95 crore, reports The Indian Express. However, the report combined by the IT department has found at Rs 150 crore of movable and immovable assets, that includes properties worth more than Rs 5 crore each.
Tanwar was earlier with BJP before joining AAP. And till now AAP hasn’t issued any public statment on this case.