Even as Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain is facing fire over being named by Income Tax department for tax evasion probe, Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal has strongly backed his minister.
“I summoned Satyender Jain this morning. Saw all papers. He is innocent, being framed,” he said in a post on Facebook.
Claiming that the probe is a conspiracy against Aam Aadmi Party MLAs and ministers, he said that he will expose facts on Friday. “False cases against AAP MLAs and ministers, FIR against me, CBI raid on me – why? A very big conspiracy. Will expose in Delhi Assembly on Friday,” he said.
Standing by Jain and calling him innocent, Kejriwal said that had he found the AAP leader guilty, “If he were guilty, we would have thrown him out. We stand by him.”
The Income Tax department on Tuesday issued summons to Jain, asking him to appear before it in connection with its tax evasion probe against certain Kolkata-based firms.
Officials said Jain has been asked to appear before the Investigating Officer of the case here on October 4 and has also been directed to furnish personal financial details and ITRs for the last four years during his appearance.
They said the department received records of certain financial transactions connected to Jain after their counterparts in Kolkata recently searched a firm in connection with a tax evasion and alleged illegal financial remittances case.
They said the department reportedly recovered documents relating to some transactions being made by at least three firms and had a link to Jain.
“The summons are issued as part of inquiry into the case which the I-T department has been probing for sometime now. Jain will be confronted with documents seized during searches at Kolkata,” sources in the department said.
Reacting to the summons, Jain said he has been summoned as a witness only.
The minister said that he has done nothing wrong and he will appear before the Income Tax department on October 4.
“As an investor, I had made investment in these companies four year back, but I have nothing to do with these companies since 2013. I have done nothing wrong. I have only been summoned as a witness. It is just reassessment not investigation,” Jain said.