TWO DAYS after a Ludhiana court summoned Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh’s son Raninder Singh in a case related to his alleged Swiss bank accounts, Aam Aadmi Party released documents to prove that his wife, Preneet Kaur, too, had an account in Switzerland.
Addressing a press conference Monday, senior AAP leader Ashish Khetan alleged that in 2005, when Amarinder was chief minister of Punjab, his son created a web of at least seven offshore companies, all registered under British Virgin Islands, to siphon off crores of rupees from India.
Khetan, presenting the documents that he said were of the I-T department investigations, claimed that Preneet Kaur had opened her account (no 5090184485 in HSBC private bank in Geneva, Switzerland) on July 26, 2005. The legal address given by her was New Moti Bagh Palace, Patiala.
Raninder had opened his account (number 5090184448) in the same bank.
Khetan also said that Preneet and Raninder, according to the I-T documents, floated companies by the name of Mulwala Holdings Limited on June 28, 2006, Chllingham Holdings Limited on July 26, 2005, Allworth venture Holdings Limited on July, 26, 2005 and Limerlock International Limited on July 25, 2005.
Amarinder, at a CLP meeting, clarified his position on the purported foreign accounts of Preneet Kaur and Raninder Singh. Sources said Amarinder showed letters purportedly from HSBC Bank in Switzerland and Dubai, stating that neither Preneet nor Raninder had any account in either of the banks.