Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the chargesheets against Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini, son Karti, daughter-in-law Srinidhi and a firm by the Income Tax department under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets, was a Nawaz Sharif moment of the Congress party.
Addressing the press, the Defence Minister said, “For some time now we have been hearing a lot of action by the I-T authorities against former finance minister P Chidambaram and his family.
The parallels cannot be missed out in this case. I am wondering if, for Congress party in India, we are seeing the Nawaz Sharif moment”, a reference to Pakistan Supreme Court’s decision disqualifying its former PM from holding office because of non-disclosure of assets and income earned abroad.
“Will Rahul Gandhi investigate this? It can’t be an oversight. How can P Chidambaram forget to disclose his assets abroad? Congress chief, who is himself out on bail should come out and tell us if he is going to investigate this case involving one of his leaders,” Sitharaman added.
Meanwhile, BJP president Amit Shah took to twitter to attack Chidambaram when he tweeted
Under the Black Money Act, 4 chargesheets have been filed against P Chidambaram and his family for possessing and operating several illegal assets and accounts in foreign countries. IT estimates illegal assets held by UPA’s FM to be to the tune of 3 Bn dollars! #BlackMoneyOfPC
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 13, 2018