Squarely blaming the Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) President Capt. Amarinder Singh of making a desperate attempt to take defence of "political vendetta", over the issue of "foreign accounts" and the summoning of his son S. Raninder Singh, by a Ludhiana Court, on the complaint filed by IT Sleuths, the Punjab BJP President Shri Kamal Sharma ridiculed Congress chief saying, "Amarinder is unaware of the fact that the matter dates back to the time, when his own party - Congress, was in power and running the UPA government."In a statement issued, Shri Sharma pointed out that the IT was constantly probing the matter since 2011, when the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government, was ruling the country. Asserting that the plea of "political vendetta" being taken by Amarinder holds no ground, as the case pertains to UPA regime, Shri Sharma said, "After the chargesheet, the matter was pursued by the prosecuting agency for almost four years. Thorough investigations were undertaken by Income Tax, wherein it transpired that Raninder had furnished false information, submitted false statements on oath and verified false statements in connection with foreign accounts."
Shri Sharma also argued that if Amarinder and his family is clean on the matter, why even after Raninder's lawyers inspected the relevant documents on 28.07.2015, the latter has been evading the law. "IT department had procured information and evidence from the British Virgin Island authorities, UAE authorities, UK authorities and Swiss authorities before instituting a case against Raninder and hence Amarinder and his family stands totally exposed", said BJP chief, adding that "Amarinder should face law instead of trying to politicise the issue."Shri Sharma also pointed out that the it was way back in December 2003 and October 2004, when Raninder’s name had figured in connection with questionable transactions in the name of Punjab Intranet Company (PIC). "When Amarinder became Punjab CM in year 2002, his financial condition was almost bankrupt but within just a year, his fortunes changed and money was flowing like anything at Moti Bagh Palace. How come this happened", Amarinder owes an explanation, demanded Shri Sharma.
Shri Sharma further said that the infamous Ludhiana City Cetre scam was also unearthed during Amarinder regime in year 2006, while alleging that it was "kickbacks" from that scam also, which were stashed in the foreign accounts. " Hence, the IT Department complaint that huge amounts had been deposited in some of the foreign accounts till February 2007 holds enough grounds to nail Amarinder and his family members involved in the matter", said Shri Sharma.Further stressing that the matters against Amarinder had been taken up by the IT Department during the period, when the UPA government (2004 to 2014) was in place. "The NDA government assumed power in May 2014, whereas the IT Department had been probing the foreign transactions since past long", he stated. "Raninder changed his signatures, furnished false information and kept evading IT", pointed out Shri Sharma, while demanding that Amarinder should make everything pertaining to his assets, foreign bank accounts etc public before the people of this country.