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Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain visited the Income Tax office Tuesday, following summons issued to him by the I-T department on September 22. Jain, who was called by the I-T department in connection to the reassessment of three companies in which he served as director before joining politics in 2013, claimed that the department’s action was “politically motivated”.
“This was not an inquiry or an interrogation. I was issued summons as a witness,” he said.
“I was asked questions about people I have never known. They kept asking me about five, six names. I was asked if these people were employed by me. They never were and they never will be. The whole thing is based on lies. It’s a politically motivated conspiracy to malign me,” said Jain.
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He said that he had served as a director in three companies – M/s Indo Metallmpex Private Limited , M/s Paryas Infosolutions Private Limited and M/s Akinchan Developers Private Limited — which are being reassessed for the year 2012-13. “This is an attempt to spoil my political image by portraying that I have done something wrong… because of which the I-T department called me,” said Jain.
Earlier, after receiving the I-T summons, Jain had said, “When I got a ticket to contest the election on July 19, 2013, I resigned from all the three companies on July 31. Between 2007 and 2012, I also had investments in these companies and these investments were declared in my election affidavits of 2013 and 2015. If I had Rs 17 crore, then this would not be Aam Aadmi Party”.
“They (I-T department) can do whatever they want. I am not going to back down. Whatever I have earned, I have earned through honest means,” the minister had said.
The summons — sent to Jain’s residence by Deepak Garg, additional commissioner, Income Tax, Special Range – 4 — have been issued under section 13 (1) of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The minister was asked to attend the additional commissioner’s office on October 4.
While Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had already said that he stands by Jain, AAP leader Sanjay Jain reiterated that the party and the Delhi government backed Jain, who had worked “honestly and tirelessly” since he was appointed a minister in the AAP government. Currently, Jain holds seven portfolios including health, PWD, power, urban development and transport.