Haryana finance minister Capt Abhimanyu has come out with an explanation over Media that a mining company in which he has a share had not paid stamp duty to the tune of Rs 84 lakh, pending since 2014.
Media had also raised questions of conflict of interest as a government report claimed that he had urged concerned authorities to act against that very company.
The minister in a written reply to the newspaper has claimed that while the story claimed that he owned substantial shares in the company, he had only a meagre chunk. “I hold less than four per cent share in the company which is definitely not substantial,” Captain Abhimanyu wrote in his mail to Media.
“As far as the issue of recovery of stamp duty is concerned the revenue department is pursuing the matter vigorously and constantly reminding the deputy commissioners to take appropriate expeditious action without any prejudice for or against anyone..it is not a matter to be dealt with by the ministry but can be dealt through a quasi judicial process at the DC level..where actions are being taken at their own end..there is no question of not recovering the dues from anyone… I believe in the highest level of transparency and integrity with full commitment,” he wrote.
The Haryana cabinet minister who holds eight portfolios in the Khattar government, including finance, said he was “a politician” “who is trying his best to improve the system by bringing in transparency and accountability”.
The matter pertains to total stamp duty evasion of over Rs 18 crore by several companies, one of which is M/s Sainik Mining and Allied Services Ltd which allegedly dodged payment of Rs 85 lakh over a mining block that was allotted to it in Pichopa Kalan-1, in Bhiwani district.