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Cong rakes up Panama Papers leak to corner C'garh CM's son

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

The unit of the claimed today that it has proof that "Abhishak Singh", the name revealed by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in the Panama Papers, referred to Minister Singh's son

Singh is a BJP Lok Sabha from the state's Rajnandgaon constituency.

"Ahead of changing the spelling of his name, was allegedly the of a company and used to spell his name as Abhishak. He had resigned from the company before contesting Lok Sabha elections in 2014," state told reporters at a press conference in Raipur.

According to documents revealed by ICIJ, "Abhishak Singh" was shown to be having offshore assets and the residential address mentioned in his was "Medical Store, New Bus Stand, Ward Number 20, Vindhyawasini Ward, Kawardha", Baghel said.

"Although Minister Singh and his son Abhishek have continuously denied knowing any person by the name Abhishak Singh, they have, at the same time, also ignored demands by the to register an FIR for misusing the address of a chief minister," he said.

was allegedly the of and used to spell his name as Abhishak, before changing the spelling of his name to the current one, he alleged.

was registered in November 2011 for which the Gurgaon address of a person named was provided by the company, he said.

"As per the documents, initially, there were three directors - Abhishak Singh, son of Raman Singh, Aishwarya Hada, wife of and Sonal Thakur, daughter of Mahendra Kalchuri," he alleged.

He said that "Abhishak Singh" resigned from the post of before contesting Lok Sabha polls in 2014.

The signature, of director Abhishak Singh, on Form 32, Memorandum of Association and balance sheet of and the signature on the affidavit submitted by during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections was virtually the same, Baghel alleged.

Baghel also alleged that a page, in the name of Abhishak Singh, was later edited as in 2014.

He demanded the resignation of the as well as his son and said that the should investigate the matter.

Baghel accused the of amending the Uslapur-Mungeli-Pandaria-Kawardha-Khairagarh-Dongergarh railway project, being development jointly by the state government and the Railway Ministry, to benefit Chalet Estates Private Limited that has 17 acres of land in Ghotiya village.

Of this 17 acres, around 7 acres belong to Abhishek Singh, Baghel alleged.

Refuting the charges, the CM's son termed Baghel's allegations "baseless and politically motivated".

"The Congress was not getting any issues and therefore it was encouraging politics of lies," a statement issued by Abhishek Singh's office said.

had been allegedly involved in land encroachment in Patan area and was also embroiled in a sleaze CD case and, fearing action on these issues, he was making baseless allegations, the statement said.

"Me and my wife had transferred our shares of and its information was in public knowledge. Now I dont have any connection with this company," he said.

He claimed that the share transfer was done as per the legal provisions and there was no any violations of laws.

On allegations about the change in the spelling of his name, Singh said: "I have the name Abhishek Singh right from the start and I have never changed it. During studies, it was mistakenly written as Abhishak instead of Abhishek which was corrected by a public notice and this is in public domain.

The lands (as mentioned in the allegations) were procured by and it does not have any connection with rail projects, he added.

"I want to reiterate that I have no The leaders of the Congress and others had approached the on the issue which was rejected by the is doing cheap politics to gain mileage," he said.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 00:45 IST