CHANDIGARH: Punjab Congress president Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday dismissed the Income Tax Department complaint against his son Raninder Singh as a “classic case of political vendetta borne out of bruised egos and a haunting memory of a humiliating defeat” in the Lok Sabha elections in Amritsar.
“I thought Jaitley had put his defeat behind him and had decided to move on with the important portfolio he is holding despite his humiliating electoral defeat, but I was wrong as he has not been able to forget that defeat”, he said, adding that “it seems that every time he recalls the 2014 April of Amritsar his bruised ego haunts him and it concludes in an income tax case against one or the other of my family members”.
Ludhiana Chief Judicial Magistrate Ranjiv Vashishta ordered that Raninder be issued a summons for July 26 under Section 277 of the Income Tax Act and Sections 177 and 181 of the IPC on a complaint filed by the Income Tax Department.
Amarinder said he was not the only Congress leader “being targeted” by the BJP government at the Centre.
“This list is long and it tends to get longer with the passage of time”, he remarked, claiming how the BJP government had tried to implicate
Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram, his son, and Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh.
With the BJP-SAD government headed for a complete rout, Amarinder alleged, the Centre was trying to contrive false accusations against his family. “Such allegations have fallen flat every time and these will also fall flat,” he said.