New Delhi: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of “political vendetta” against him by using CBI and Enforcement Directorate in a case that pertains to Income Tax returns.
The ED has filed a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against him after taking cognisance of a criminal complaint filed by CBI in this regard in September.
The agency is investigating whether Singh and his family members allegedly amassed assets worth Rs 6.1 crore disproportionate to their known sources of income between 2009 and 2011 when he was the Union Minister of Steel in the UPA government.
CBI suspects that during the period, Virbhadra invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members' names through an LIC agent claiming the money to be his agricultural income.
It alleged there was an attempt by Singh to legitimise the "ill-gotten" money as agricultural income by filing revised income tax returns in 2012.
“In my career I have never taken a single paisa as bribe. I have no business links with V Chandrashekhar,” Virbhadra told ABP News.
Singh said it was a clear political vendetta by the Centre as three different central agencies have started investigation into one case against him pertaining to the Income Tax returns.
Virbhadra also accused former HP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, MP Anurag Thakur of defaming him.
“A case that’s with the Income Tax is being now investigated by ED and CBI because of orders from Arun Jaitley who has close relations with Anurag Thakur. I have no enmity with Dhumal or his son Tkaur. Iam sure I will come out clean,” he added.
Virbhadra last week met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and apprised him about his concerns. “I told PM Modi the entire story; he said he will look into it.”