A magisterial court here issued summons to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh today in an income tax case. Chief Judicial Magistrate Jaapinder Singh has directed Singh to appear in court on July 20.
He is facing accusations of making false statements, and wilful omission in providing required information to the Income Tax department and obstructing its officials from performing their duties.
These allegations were made by the I-T department in a criminal complaint filed today before the court.
The complaint relates to transactions from 2005 to 2009 when one Jacaranda Trust was created abroad and Singh’s son was alleged to have been a settler of the Trust.
Singh has been alleged to be the beneficiary.
The complaint claimed that several notices were sent by the I-T department to Singh but he was “evasive” in his replies.
“The then CM tried to obstruct the functioning of public servant by non-cooperation on one hand and levying baseless and false allegations of malice, arbitrariness and non-application of mind on the officers, which was covered in the purview of section 186 of IPC,” said the complaint.
“The invalid and improper affidavit filed to query dated March 30, 2016 to avoid answering to the factum of transfer of property P29, Marine Mansions, Dubai & the factum of Jacaranda Trust that he (Amarinder) can’t recall the same amounts to false statement made in affidavit which is a punishable offence under section 277 of Income Tax Act and under sections 177, 181, 193 and 199 of IPC,” said the complaint.