Blackmoney: Jethmalani seeks cross-examination of official

Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 21:44

New Delhi: Eminent jurist Ram Jethmalani and
others today sought permission of the Supreme Court to
cross-examine a senior revenue officer who filed an affidavit
claiming immunity from disclosing some documents relating to
the issue of black money stashed in foreign banks.

The application said their plea for disclosing 21
documents in connection with the steps taken by the government
to bring back the black money was not disclosed with an
intention to hide the truth and protect some influential
persons.

The affidavit filed on July 22 by the Director,
Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, had said it cannot
disclose 16 of the 21 documents sought by the petitioner.

Jethmalani, in the application, said there was no reason
cited for claiming immunity from disclosing the documents.

"Why don`t they want to give these documents? The reasons
are not specified," an advocate assisting the senior counsel
in the matter said about the contents of the application.

A Bench comprising Justices B Sudershan Reddy and S S
Nijjar posted the matter for hearing on October 19 when it
will peruse the application and the reply filed by the
petitioners to the affidavit of the Department of Revenue.

Meanwhile, the apex court allowed the application of K
V M Pai, retired Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Mumbai, to
be made a party in the ongoing matter.

The former officer has also made the same plea like
Jethmalani that government should disclose the names of the
persons who have accounts in foreign banks and details of the
black money kept in them.

Jethmalani, Rajya Sabha MP, has sought 21 documents and
letters, including the Indian government`s communication with
German authorities, UBS AG Switzerland, LGT Bank,
Liechtenstein.

PTI



First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 21:44

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