Abhishek Singhvi case: BJP raises black money issue; asks Sonia Gandhi to clarify

By: | Published: November 12, 2014 8:01 AM

BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma accused the Congress of being the "fountainhead of corruption".

BJP today accused Congress leaders of generating black money in the country while referring to the matter of the alleged tax evasion by its spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi and asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi to clarify on the issue.

“The issue of Singhvi is just a sample as it is only what has come out in the public domain. How many Congress leaders are turning black money into white?

“Congress has created a lot of black money during the last 10 years of its government, which saw a lot of corruption and scams. Congress President Sonia Gandhi should clarify,” said BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma.

Terming the matter “a classic case of tax evasion”, BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra said, “This is a classic case of how black money is produced within the country by the tall leaders of Congress.”

Attacking the Congress, he said, “It sermonises on black money and this is what is happening in its own house. You are producing black money in your own house and are evading taxes. The Congress has a lot to answer for.

“Either you (Congress) own up that your tall leaders are evading taxes and indulging in generation of black money or you disown Singhvi.”

Sharma accused the Congress of being the “fountainhead of corruption” and said this is the reason why its MPs did not give an undertaking on black money in Parliament whereas all the BJP legislators had done so.

“This is only the tip of the iceberg. The country is well aware of the fact that many tall leaders of Congress have stashed black money not only abroad but also at home. Law will surely take its course but will Congress punish Singhvi?” Patra said.

Citing details of revelations by the Income Tax Settlement Commission, Patra said there has been a substantial increase in Singhvi’s income and, in a short span of time between Jan. 15, 2011, to March 31, 2011, there was a considerable jump in payments for his legal assistance.

“In this short span of about two-and-a-half months, about 18,199 vouchers were signed by Singhvi. On a single day, March 31, 2011, about 1,207 vouchers were signed. All these are self -made vouchers. No authentic bills were procured,” Patra said.

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