Ke­jri­wal should im­me­di­ately dis­miss Gahlot and Jain: BJP

Gulf Times - - INDIA -

The Bharatiya Janata Party yes­ter­day de­scribed the Arvind Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment in Delhi as “most cor­rupt”, and de­manded dis­missal of its cabi­net min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot over al­leged tax eva­sion of Rs1.20bn.

“The Ke­jri­wal gov­ern­ment is the most cor­rupt gov­ern­ment in the his­tory of Delhi,” Delhi BJP pres­i­dent Manoj Ti­wari said at a press con­fer­ence here.

He said the fail­ure of Ke­jri­wal to take ac­tion in the case of cor­rup­tion by his min­is­ters Gahlot, Satyen­dar Jain and for­mer min­is­ter Asim Ahmad in­di­cates his in­volve­ment in cor­rup­tion and “proves that the chief min­is­ter com­pletely lacks moral­ity”.

“The BJP de­mands that Ke­jri­wal im­me­di­ately dis­miss cor­rupt min­is­ters Gahlot and Jain,” he said.

“It has been learnt that tax eva­sion of Rs120 crore by Gahlot has come to light and in ad­di­tion there was in­for­ma­tion of un­de­clared in­vest­ment in shares in Dubai in ad­di­tion to Be­nami prop­erty,” Ti­wari said.

His re­marks came af­ter the In­come Tax de­part­ment of­fi­cials yes­ter­day claimed they have found doc­u­ments that show the min­is­ter had evaded tax worth Rs1.2bn.

The I-T de­part­ment car­ried out searches at over 16 res­i­den­tial and busi­ness premises of Gahlot and his fam­ily mem­bers on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Gahlot holds the port­fo­lios of trans­port, law, rev­enue, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms.

Ti­wari said the net­work of Gahlot’s “un­ac­counted trade” is too wide. “But at close ex­am­i­na­tion, we get to un­der­stand that the modus operandi of tax eva­sion is sim­i­lar to what we saw in Jain’s case,” he said.

How­ever, the le­gal team of Gahlot called the claims a “de­lib­er­ate act of spread­ing mis­in­for­ma­tion to cover the abysmal fail­ure” of the I-T de­part­ment.

A state­ment re­leased by Gahlot’s le­gal team said the IT of­fi­cers searched Gahlot’s flat for around 60 hours and could re­cover only Rs1.1mn, “the amount which has been duly ac­counted for in his books”. “The In­come Tax De­part­ment is red-faced and smart­ing from its po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and ill-ad­vised raid on Mr Kailash Gahlot,” it said.

Call­ing the search a “com­plete fail­ure”, Gahlot’s le­gal team al­leged that “fan­ci­ful ru­mours” are be­ing cir­cu­lated to divert the pub­lic at­ten­tion in a des­per­ate at­tempt to brow­beat the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

“Some ru­mours about the re­cov­ery of Rs35 lakh of un­ac­counted money are be­ing spread while the truth is that a sum of Rs11 lakh in cash was found at the premises of Kailash Gahlot. An­other sum of Rs24 lakhs was ad­mit­tedly re­lated to the fam­ily of Mr Gahlot’s elder brother,” the state­ment said.

About the IT of­fi­cers re­cov­er­ing un­ac­counted jew­ellery worth Rs20mn from Gahlot’s res­i­dence, the le­gal team said: “The truth is that jew­ellery be­long­ing to wife of Kailash Gahlot (as­sessed at cur­rent mar­ket rate) of Rs28 lakh (duly ac­counted for) was found along with jew­ellery be­long­ing to the mother-in-law of Gahlot (as­sessed at cur­rent mar­ket rate) of Rs41 lakh, duly ac­counted for”.

The AAP min­is­ter’s le­gal team also rub­bished the al­le­ga­tions of be­nami prop­er­ties worth Rs1bn be­ing found dur­ing the raids, say­ing that “not a sin­gle doc­u­ment was re­cov­ered for any prop­erty”.

The team warned of le­gal ac­tion against the IT de­part­ment for ha­rass­ing “an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive”.

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