A Delhi court has summoned businessman Praveen Sawhney, allegedly a Swiss bank account holder, as an accused in connection with an alleged tax evasion case against him filed by the Income Tax Department.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Pritam Singh took cognizance of the I-T department’s complaint and directed 57-year-old Sawhney, a South Delhi resident, to appear before it on March 8. “Complainant has filed complaint for the offence under Sections 276C(1), 277 and 276D of the I-T Act for the Assessment Year 2006-07 with identical allegations against the accused,” the court ordered.
“Perusal of complaint and materials available on record, prima facie discloses commission of offence under Sections 276C(1), 277 and 276D of the I-T Act for the relevant assessment years. Hence, cognizance of the offence is taken … Let accused be summoned for March 8,” the court said. In the complaint, the department has alleged that Sawhney, proprietor of Sawhney Sons in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, was holding an account in HSBC Bank in Geneva which was opened in 1990, but had not disclosed it to the tax authorities here earlier.