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Next Hearing in Amarinder's Foreign Assets Case on April 24

A court in Ludhiana on Friday adjourned the hearing on a complaint filed by the Income Tax department against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a case of alleged untaxed foreign assets till April 24.

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Updated:April 7, 2017, 8:40 PM IST
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Ludhiana: A court in Ludhiana on Friday adjourned the hearing on a complaint filed by the Income Tax department against Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh in a case of alleged untaxed foreign assets till April 24.

The investigation wing of the I-T department had filed a complaint against Amarinder in connection with its probe against him and his son Raninder Singh in a case of alleged untaxed foreign assets held by the duo in November, 2
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Amarinder was the Punjab Congress chief at that time.

After hearing the arguments of I-T department counsel Rakesh Gupta, Chief Judicial Magistrate Jupinder Singh will now take a call as to whether the chief minister needs to be summoned in connection with the case or not.

The I-T department had filed the complaint in a Ludhiana court and Amarinder was charged under section 277 of the I-T Act (false statement in verification) and IPC sections 176 (omission to give notice or information to public servant by person legally bound to give it), 177 (furnishing false information), 193 (punishment for false evidence) and 199 (false statement made in declaration which is by law receivable as evidence).

It had alleged that during its probe, Amarinder was "found to be the beneficiary" of a trust and other properties owned and created by his son Raninder in a foreign country and he had also misguided the department.

It had already filed a similar complaint against Raninder, who was charged under section 276C, I-T Act (wilful attempt to evade tax).

The case came to light when the I-T department received information about Raninder allegedly holding a bank account in Switzerland. The information was part of the details received by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) from its French counterparts in 2011.

The department had also allegedly detected movement of funds to Switzerland and creation of a trust and a few subsidiaries in the tax haven of British Virgin Islands by Raninder.

Both Amarinder and Raninder have denied the allegations.

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| Edited by: Bijaya Das
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