The Income Tax department has filed a charge sheet against Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh in connection with its probe against him and his son in a case of alleged untaxed foreign assets.
Official sources said the department filed the prosecution complaint (equivalent to a police charge sheet) in a competent court in Ludhiana in Punjab on Thursday and the former chief minister has been charged under section 277 of the I-T Act (false statement in verification) and IPC sections 176 (omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 177 (furnishing false information), 193 (punishment for false evidence) and 199 (false statement made in declaration which is by law receivable as evidence).
Amarinder took to Twitter to accuse Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of complicity.
"I challenged Arun Jaitley to fight by-elections in Amritsar and this is how he responds. So predictable!," he tweeted.
According to the complaint, a copy of which was accessed by PTI, the I-T department said during its investigations Singh was "found to be the beneficiary" of a trust and other properties owned and created by his son Raninder in a foreign territory and when questioned about these, the Congress chief ministerial candidate for the state gave a "false statement on oath" about the ownership of these assets.