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Cong did not form SIT as it would have indicted own leaders: BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today mounted an attack on the on corruption after charge sheets were filed against family members of former Union P and said the party had not acted on a order for setting up a Special Investigation Team as it would have indicted its own leaders.

BJP led his party's nationwide attack on the and cited the four charge sheets filed by the against Chidambaram's family members to allege they had illegal assets worth 3 billion dollars, a claim dismissed by as a dream of the chief of "India's richest political party".

This explains why despite Supreme Court's orders Sonia Gandhi, former PM Dr & then FM P dragged their feet on formation of SIT, one of the first decisions taken by Modi govt, to fight black money! How could they indict their own selves, Shah tweeted.

Chidambaram retorted to Shah's charge in a tweet, urging the BJP to bring back black money stashed abroad -- as promised by the party before the 2014 polls.

The of the richest political party in is dreaming of billions of dollars! Bring the money back and put Rs 15 lakh in the account of every Indian as you promised, he said.

The BJP also directed its leaders across the country, including chief ministers, to target the over the issue and fielded Defence in the national capital to attack the rival party.

She described the charge sheets against Chidambaram's family members as the moment of the Congress, a reference to Supreme Court's decision disqualifying its former from holding office because of non-disclosure of assets and income earned abroad.

The parallels cannot be missed out in this case. I am wondering if for Congress party in India, we are seeing the moment," she told reporters here.

Chidambaram mocked her with a tongue-in-cheek tweet.

The buzz in is that Ms will be removed as and appointed as Welcome to the bar, Ms Sitaraman (sic), he said.

The on May 11 filed charge sheets against Chidambaram's wife Nalini, son Karti, and a firm under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets.

Sitharaman asked if Congress would investigate the issue involving his party's

The Congress party president, incidentally who is also out on bail on some financial transactions which are questionable, should certainly comment and tell the entire party and people of whether he is going to investigate this, she said.

She pointed out that the court had disqualified Sharif from holding office because of not disclosing assets held in foreign countries.

Sitharaman said the law on black money was brought in by the because it had pledged before the last elections to fight unaccounted for money held in and abroad.

The charge sheets or prosecution complaints have been filed by the IT department before a special court in Chennai under Section 50 of the Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015, officials said.

Chidambaram, and and a firm linked to have been accused of not disclosing, either partly or fully, immovable assets such as one at Barton, Cambridge, UK, worth Rs 5.37 crore, property worth Rs 80 lakh in the same country and assets worth Rs 3.28 crore in the US.

The former minister's family members had said the charge sheets against them under the were "baseless allegations" as the overseas investments under question had been reflected in their IT returns.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:25 IST