Ahmedabad : Congress today alleged Gujarat government was trying to ensure that local businessman Mahesh Shah, who declared a whopping Rs 13,860 crore under the black money scheme and later tempered it saying he acted as a ‘front’ for others, does not reveal any names and demanded a CBI probe into the entire episode.
Expressing displeasure over the ongoing enquiry by the Income Tax Department, the gujarat unit president of Congress Bharatsinh Solanki said the truth will come out only if CBI takes over the probe. “Instead of taking a strict action, Shah has been given VIP treatment and is not yet arrested by government. It’s very clear that no Congress leader was involved in that scam. Because, if we were involved the government would have taken swift action. Many people are claiming that money belonged to some BJP leaders,” Solanki alleged while addressing a press conference here.
He alleged that instead of putting Shah under arrest on the charge of money laundering, the government was trying to ensure that he does not reveal any names. “It seems government is waiting for Shah to give names voluntarily. We are of the opinion the enquiry into this case should be handed over to CBI. That is the only way to bring out the truth. If government forms an enquiry commission, truth will never come out,” alleged Solanki.
Shah, a property dealer, shot into limelight after he declared Rs 13,860 crore under Income Declaration Scheme, which closed on September 30. After going missing for a few days, Shah resurfaced on a television channel claiming that he was just a front for others.