Black-money: SC issues notice to Centre

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 12:08

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued
notice to the Centre on a plea seeking disclosure of certain
vital documents in connection with the issue of black-money
stashed in foreign banks.

The apex court sought the response from the government on
allegations by eminent jurist Ram Jethmalani and others that
authorities were withholding vital documents relating to the
case.

Meanwhile, Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium placed
before a bench headed by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, the
status report, in sealed cover, relating to investigations
carried by the Enforcement Directorate against Pune-based
businessman Hasan Ali Khan against whom the Directorate has
lodged a complaint for violating the Foreign Exchange
Management Act (FEMA).

During the hearing, the SG said the status report will
indicate that Letters Rogatories have been issued to some
countries in connection with the case of Khan.

The court posted the matter for hearing in December.

The PIL filed by Jethmalanai and five others, including
former Punjab DGP K P S Gill and former Secretary General of
Lok Sabha Subhash Kashyap, have alleged that the government
was not taking action to bring back black-money stashed in
foreign banks.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 12:08

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