Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy accused the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and senior officials in the Finance Ministry for delaying the registering of cases against P Chidambaram, son Karti and family members under Black Money Act and Benami Act, despite having enough evidence. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Swamy said instead of directly registering cases, these “crony officers” are trying their level best to save Chidambaram family by merely writing letters to 14 countries.
But instead of immediately registering cases and doing a custodial interrogation, that is the arrest of Chidambarams under Black Money Act and Benami Act, the CBDT Chairman and top officials in Delhi are trying to delay the case…
“The Income Tax Chennai Unit prepared a 200-page summary while the Enforcement Directorate issued a 70 page Summons to Karti and his benami Directors on April 17, 2017, is sufficient concrete evidence to register cases under new Black Money Act and new Benami Act,” said Swamy pointing out that honest officers of Income Tax and ED had unearthed illegal properties of Chidambaram and family members in 14 countries and 21 undeclared foreign bank accounts.
Swamy said ED’s 70-page summons details Karti’s emails to his benami Directors about Rs.3000 crore transactions abroad and agencies have unearthed the WIILs collected by Karti from these Benami Directors.
“Income Tax Chennai Unit and ED had found a six-page WILL executed by Benami Directors of Karti, bequeathing their entire properties to Karti, wife, and daughter Aditi in consideration of their respect towards former Finance Minister P Chidambaram!!! This WIIL shows that Karti will be the executor. This clearly shows that making out such a WILL was a clandestine way for these Directors to function as benamis,” said Swamy.
“But instead of immediately registering cases and doing a custodial interrogation, that is the arrest of Chidambarams under Black Money Act and Benami Act, the CBDT Chairman and top officials in Delhi are trying to delay the case by writing letters to the 14 countries to verify the details of the properties illegally acquired by Chidambaram and family members.
“This writing of letters to 14 countries is a clever move to delay the case for many years and tax havens would not respond immediately. Without registering a case, getting Letters Rogatory, just writing letters have no legal value and foreign countries will not co-operate without registering a case and before the designated court of law seeking a Letters Rogatory,” pointed out Swamy.
This detailed three-page letter shows that Swamy had already given a detailed list of officers trying to save Chidambaram to Finance Minister on August 2.
Earlier in February and March, Swamy had brought out the detailed Income Tax Chennai Unit’s report exposing the illegal assets amassed by Chidambaram and family members in 14 countries and their undeclared 21 foreign bank accounts.
On Swamy’s petition, Prime Minister has ordered CBDT, the custodian of Black Money and Benami Acts to probe into the matter in last week of March 2017. But officers friendly with former Finance Minister P Chidambaram were delaying the probe by the mere shooting of letters instead of registering a case.
The three-page letter of Swamy to Prime Minister on the delay in probes against Chidambaram under Black Money Act and Benami Act is published below:
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