LUDHIANA (TIP): Chief judicial magistrate Ranjeev Kumar in Ludhiana issued notice to Raninder Singh, the son of Punjab Congress president Capt Amarinder Singh, for lying to the income tax department about his foreign bank accounts.
Acting on a criminal complaint by Amit Dua, income tax deputy director, investigation, against Raninder for giving false information under oath, the court asked him to file a reply on July 26, the next date of hearing.
The income tax department has found that the former chief minister’s son is a direct beneficiary of assets maintained and controlled through foreign business entities. These include accounts with HSBC Private Bank, Geneva. Raninder is also a trustee of the UK-based Jacaranda Trust.
When the department confronted Raninder with this information last year, he denied having any foreign bank accounts.
This led the department to file the complaint under Sections 181 (false statement on oath) and 177 (furnishing false information) under the Indian Penal Code and Section 277 (false statement in verification) of the Income Tax Act.