Former federal minister Preneet Kaur yesterday said she did not have any foreign bank account.
The clarification came after the central government submitted names of three individuals allegedly having black money in foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court.
Though Kaur’s name was not in yesterday’s list, media reports suggested that she could figure in a subsequent list.
Kaur, wife of former Punjab chief minister and now deputy leader of the Congress Party in the Lok Sabha, Amarinder Singh, admitted she had received a notice from the Income Tax (IT) department for the foreign bank account in 2011.
“In this regard, I can confirm receiving such a notice in 2011, and having replied it wherein I have strongly denied any such allegations,” she said in a statement.
“In keeping with my reply to the IT department, I should like to state that I never have had, and do not have any bank account(s) overseas in my name in any foreign bank,” Kaur, who is now a Congress legislator in Punjab, said.
Meanwhile, the Congress yesterday denied its Goa unit or its leaders had any connection with mining magnate Radha S Timblo, named for stashing black money abroad. Congress spokesman Sunil Kawthankar told a press conference: “Instead of this selective targeting, the government should come up with a complete list of people with black money and charge-sheet them.”
Asked if Timblo was a member of the party or had links with Congress politicians, Kawthankar said: “She is not a member of the party and I am not aware as to who is linked to what.”
Timblo runs Timblo Pvt Ltd from Goa, one of the many mining companies accused of carrying out illegal mining by the Justice M B Shah commission, which exposed a Rs350bn illegal mining scam in the state.
Timblo was indicted by the commission in 2012 for illegally operating a mining lease with a questionable power of attorney executed by a Pakistani national.
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