- AAP lawmaker raided by tax officials last month
- Documents suggest he used shell firms to buy properties: tax officers
- Assets worth 130 crores including farmhouses: tax officers
An Aam Aadmi Party lawmaker in Delhi reportedly holds 130 crores of assets that he cannot account for, according to tax officials.
Kartar Singh Tanwar, 54, is a property dealer who represents the Mehrauli constituency of South Delhi.
Last month, his homes and offices were raided by income tax officials, who allege that they uncovered documents that prove the Aam Aadmi Party leader owns large farmhouses and benami or proxy-owned properties through his associates. Tax department sources said that what they have found suggests that Mr Singh set up over a dozen fake or shell companies to invest in these homes, some of which are shown as owned by his associates.
Mr Singh was reportedly unable to explain how much he paid for the farmhouse that he lives in which covers 2.6 acres in South Delhi.
After the raids, leaders from Mr Singh's party jumped to his defense, professing that like other AAP members, he is being framed by investigating agencies acting on behalf of a vindictive central government.
"Income tax department should show documents first, come out with an official statement, then they will respond," the AAP said.