• Capt Amarinder Singh and his son had challenged the trial court’s decisions allowing the Enforcement Directorate to inspect the files of income tax cases in a sessions court. On Friday, the Sessions Court dismissed the petition of the Captain and his daughter.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge Rajkumar Garg has dismissed petitions filed by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh and his son Raninder Singh challenging the decision to allow the ED (Enforcement Court) to inspect files in income tax cases. The ED had filed applications for inspection of files pending in a local court in connection with an investigation pending with them under FEMA.

The court of the then-duty magistrate Jasveer Singh, while allowing these petitions, allowed inspection of the income tax-related files pending against the chief minister and his son. On 28 September 2020, ED officials went to the court to inspect these files but had to return empty-handed.

The Chief Minister and his son had challenged the trial court’s decision in the sessions court. He was granted a stay by the court of Additional Sessions Judge Atul Kasana. The Chief Minister had claimed in the petition that the ED has no authority to investigate the matter.

Criminal complaints of the Income Tax Department with alleged allegations of income tax evasion are pending before the local court. The petition claimed that the order was passed without knowing his side. The passing of such an order was against the principles of natural justice.

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