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Twitter wars: Amit Shah accuses P Chidambaram of holding illegal assets worth USD 3 billion

“Under the Black Money Act, 4 charge sheets have been filed against P Chidambaram and his family for possessing and operating several illegal assets and accounts in foreign countries,” Shah tweeted.

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BJP President Amit Shah attacked P Chidambaram and his family on Twitter on Sunday, quoting IT estimates of illegal assets worth of USD 3 billion in the former finance minister’s name.

“Under the Black Money Act, 4 charge sheets have been filed against P Chidambaram and his family for possessing and operating several illegal assets and accounts in foreign countries,” Shah tweeted.

Shah also criticised former Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh, saying that an SIT was not formed because the Congress didn’t want to get themselves in trouble.

“Formation of an SIT was among the first decisions taken by the Modi government, to fight black money. How could they indict their own selves?” Shah said in his tweet.

Chidambaram was quick to respond to allegations by Shah, taking the same platform to respond, saying that you first put the Rs 15 lakh in every citizen’s bank account, like you had promised.

About the Chidambaram remarks, Pawan Khera, Congress spokesperson, said that his chartered accountant has given a detailed reply and the IT department is making false claims. “A detailed disclosure had duly been made and the income tax dept is making baseless charges.”

Talking to the press, Khera said the defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, talks about everything but the defence ministry. “She doesn’t answer questions on Rafale, on the army’s submission to the parliamentary panel about lack of resources. She is the defence minister of the party, defending all their tainted ministers.”

Sitharaman addressed a media conference where she said, “The income tax department filed charge sheets in a Chennai city court on May 11, 2018, against Chidambaram’s wife and son under Section 50 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015. This is a ‘Nawaz Sharif’ moment for the Congress party.”

For this, too, P. Chidambaram responded with a tweet.

First Published on May 14, 2018 12:08 pm
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