Bathinda: With Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh accusing him of ‘using’ the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax Department to target him and his family, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday hit him back, saying that the details related to their alleged foreign accounts had reached the Government of India during the Congress-led UPA rule only. “The files had moved from Switzerland to France and from there these reached India in 2011.The only thing what we did was the completion of incomplete files related to his families black money accounts,” said Jaitley, addressing Vikas Parv rally here in Bathinda organised to mark the completion of NDA government’s two years in office.
Going into background, in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other SAD-BJP leaders, Jaitley said: “I recall when there was Congress government in Punjab in 2002 led by Capt Amarinder Singh, he used to cook up stories about the Badal family, claiming they have land in Australia, night clubs in America, besides levelling other charges. He failed to prove the allegations which he levelled, but we have found accounts of Capt Sahib’s family.”
Jaitely hit out at Amarinder for claiming that his family has been wrongly framed. “The information about bank accounts in Switzerland was given to the Indian government was given for the first time by the French authorities. This information was provided by France in 2011 when UPA was in power whereas Modi ji’s government came to power in 2014,” he clarified. Jaitley said: “We never advised you to open accounts in foreign countries.” He accused the previous Congress-led UPA government of going slow in the alleged case involving the former Punjab chief minister’s family.
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