New Delhi: The Income-Tax Department has filed four fresh chargesheets against lawyer Gautam Khaitan, an accused in the multi-crore VVIP chopper deal scam, on charges of tax evasion and possession of undisclosed bank accounts in Singapore, official sources said on Tuesday.They said four supplementary chargesheets or prosecution complaints were filed before a special court here last week against Khaitan for offences under section 276C (1) (wilful attempt to evade tax) and 277 (giving false statement on oath) of the I-T Act. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe department filed at least nine chargesheets against him in 2018 and the year before on similar charges of possessing undisclosed foreign assets and non-disclosure of all assets and income to tax authorities in India. The sources said the latest development comes after the taxman obtained “fresh evidence” that Khaitan was maintaining three bank accounts in his “own” name in Singapore. The four chargesheets pertain to financial years of 2009-10 to 2012-13, they said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThey claimed that Khaitan had not disclosed the ownership of these bank accounts before the tax authorities and that there were “substantial credit entries” or financial transactions in these bank accounts. The department, few months back, had also recorded his statement in the Tihar Jail as he was under arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case. A total of 13 chargesheets have now been filed by the tax department against Khaitan. Last year, five such complaints were filed against him and his wife Ritu Khaitan under the anti-black money law for possessing alleged undisclosed assets abroad while in 2017 four chargesheets were filed against him for allegedly “maintaining four bank accounts in Singapore in the name of British Virgin Islands-based shell companies as well as his own name.” The ED, which is probing the role of the Delhi-based lawyer in two money laundering cases, including in the high-profile VVIP choppers case, has said he has been a beneficiary of Rs 850 crore slush funds generated out of defence deals. It had arrested Khaitan in ter cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
He was given an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years.Audley and Wood Lane cricket clubs confirmed that the minor-league cricketer had played for them in the past few years but expressed surprise at the suggestion Bashir had been offered a contract with Leicestershire. The CPS have already announced they are investigating the case following Leicestershire’s denial that they had ever offered Bashir a contract. MPs have also called for the Attorney General to review the case after the judge’s suggestion that Ms Karim was not “vulnerable” because she had friends and a university degree provoked fury from women’s rights campaigners. Bashir left the 33-year-old a broken woman after he repeatedly beat her, berated her for wearing westernised clothing, tried to turn her against her own family, and would call her a ‘slag” when she went out socialising with female friends.On one occasion he forced his wife to take tablets and drink bleach and told her to kill herself during a row over him going on a cricket tour to the Netherlands, Manchester Crown Court heard.Miss Karim told police her husband had left her fearing for her life. In a statement she added: “Before I met Mustafa Bashir I was a confident, active and humorous person. “I can’t see how I could trust another man again after what happened to me. I dreamt of being in a happy relationship and I do not feel now that that will ever happen with someone else.”A spokesperson for Leicestershire told the Telegraph: “After Monday’s widely reported claim by Mustafa Bashir in his plea of mitigation following his conviction of actual bodily harm against his wife, that he had been offered a playing contract by Leicestershire County Cricket Club, the club have taken immediate steps to bring to the attention of the authorities that Bashir’s claim was wholly false. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “The club’s legal advisers emailed a letter to Bashir’s legal team reiterating that the club had never spoken or had any contact with Bashir or offered him a job. “They also contacted the CPS to arrange for the club’s Chief Executive, Wasim Khan, to give a statement to the same effect. This has now been given to Manchester police and they and the CPS will now be taking this matter forward.”Leicestershire CCC Chief Executive Wasim Khan said: “Leicestershire CCC are appalled that Bashir could have invented a job offer from the club in order, it would seem, to evade a prison sentence. “The club are actively involved in the fight against domestic abuse and had already arranged a ‘Bowling Out Domestic Violence’ cricket match in September in support of the White Ribbon Campaign, set up to tackle domestic violence. “So Bashir’s claim was deeply disturbing for the club and we will continue to do what we can to support the authorities bring about justice.” Leicestershire County cricket club is taking action over an abusive husband who was spared jail after claiming he was about to sign a contract with the club.Mustafa Bashir, admitted actual bodily harm against his wife but was freed by judge Richard Mansell QC after his lawyers told the court he had been offered a contract by Leicestershire as a professional player, on provision that he was not sent to prison.Today the cricket club announced that it was taking legal action over Mr Bashir’s claims, saying they were “wholly false”. Leicestershire’s legal team have contacted the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the police to complain. The club’s chief executive has also given a statement from their chief executive saying they are “appalled” that Bashir could have invented a job offer from the club “to evade a prison sentence”.Bashir, 34, from Manchester, claimed the three-time championship winning county club had offered him a contract shortly before his arrest for beating his wife Fakhara Karim with his own bat and forcing her to drink bleach.His lawyer Hugh McKee told a court hearing: “He has continued to play professionally in a local cricket league but of some importance certainly to him is if he is allowed to keep his liberty he will be employed by Leicestershire as a professional.”He was about to sign the contract when he was arrested. He has continued to work, and he has a second job and potentially a very good job doing what he has always done – ie playing cricket.”