[dropcap]A[/dropcap]am Aadmi Party’s MLA from Chhatarpur Kartar Singh Tanwar, 52, is a troubled man. On 8 May, his car was attacked in south Delhi. On 27 July, the Income Tax (I-T) department raided his residence, recovering unaccounted income worth Rs 130 crore, including cash and jewellery of about Rs 1 crore, it claimed.
This politician had declared assets worth Rs 17.64 crore in his affidavit submitted to the Election Commission in 2015 before the Delhi Assembly election that year.
The I-T department had said after the raid that bought land and farm houses in Chhattarpur and Ghitorni by cash via 30 fictitious companies floated for these transactions. The latest findings by the Central Board of Direct Taxes vindicate its suspicion that Tanwar used to accept a token sum in cheques and the rest of the amount he demanded as the prices for these properties in cash. The amounts in cheques were ridiculously low while there is no record of how he recovered the rest of the price.
Otherwise, Tanwar has been found to have used Power of Attorney to buy and sell houses, which is a common practice in all unauthorised colonies of Delhi. By doing so, he did not need to pay stamp duty.
How could this resident of Fatehpur Beri, who began his career as a polytechnic-trained junior engineer at the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), amass so much of wealth? He had been a municipal councillor for two terms and member of the BJP till 2014. For all his wealth, he earns barely a little more than Rs 1 lakh a month as per his own declaration!
While all the information above has been available in the public domain since August, CNN-Network 18‘s Bhupendra Chaubey reignited the issue on 28 November with his programme that informed the people that Tanwar had still not disclosed his benami properties worth crores.
Tanwar’s office says that the charges against him were “politically motivated”. At the time of the I-T raid, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said, “Modiji, you deploy the CBI, Delhi Police, IB, ED and Income Tax, but we will keep doing our work.” AAP’s Sanjay Singh and Dilip Pandey had tweeted against the action, alleging it was a “witch-hunt” by the BJP dispensation against its rival in Delhi. Ever since, the party ruling Delhi has been quiet on Tanwar.