Black money row: BJP trying to defame others, alleges Congress

Congress leader PC Chacko on Monday said his party is not responsible for any member holding accounts in foreign banks, saying it was their 'personal matter'.

ANI| Last Updated: Feb 09, 2015, 14:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress leader PC Chacko on Monday said his party is not responsible for any member holding accounts in foreign banks, saying it was their 'personal matter'.

"If anybody from the Congress is having an account, it is their personal matter; we are not liable to give any reply to that. They are purposely leaking stuff, this is the BJP's plan," said Chacko.

"The Prime Minister stands exposed and people are laughing at him now. Let the full list come out and then only we will know. The BJP's intentions are not good. They are only trying to use this to defame others," he added.

According to reports, the government is expected to disclose the names of over 60 Indians and entities as part of its crackdown on black money accounts as reported in the HSBC bank's Geneva branch list.

Earlier in December last year, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had submitted a report to the Supreme Court which revealed that persons on the HSBC list held Rs 4,479 crores in Swiss banks.

In an official statement released by the SIT, it had said that out of 628 names on the HSBC list received from France, 201 are either non-residents or non-traceable, leaving 427 persons' cases as actionable cases.

The Supreme Court had directed the Centre to ensure that the ongoing probe on those suspected of stashing black money in bank accounts abroad is completed by March 2015.

Recovering the black money stashed abroad was also a prominent topic in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's election manifesto for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.