JD-U asks SC to get names of Swiss bank accountees disclosed
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Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011, 18:20
New Delhi: Expressing concern over the Centre's alleged unwillingness to disclose the names of Indians among Swiss bank accountees, JD-U on Monday sought the Supreme Court's intervention to ensure that the names are made public, asking it not to leave its initiative midway.

"It is a matter of great concern that the Centre is not willing to come up with the names of people, who have amassed their ill-gotten wealth in foreign banks....If government does not do it, we appeal to the Supreme Court (to act on the matter). When they (the SC) have initiated the matter (of black money), they should not leave it midway," party chief Sharad Yadav told reporters here.

Yadav's comments came a day before Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is to announce the measures UPA government intends to take to bring back the unaccounted money to the country and tighten the regulatory and tax framework to prevent further illegal outflows.

The Supreme Court had pulled up the government for withholding information on black money stashed in foreign banks, saying it is not just limited to tax evasion but a "mind boggling crime" amounting to "theft" and "plunder" of national wealth having security ramifications.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said there was "no instant solution" to bring back black money salted away in foreign banks and that information with the government cannot be made public due to treaty obligations.

Meanwhile, referring to the Prime Minister's statement Yadav said, "Bringing back money or recovery of the full amount can be decided in due course, but the government should at least publish the names of such people, who have their foreign accounts stacked with the loot money."

He further said, "The government has got some information with it about some such account holders. The nation wants to know who are these anti-national people...this government is accountable to give their details, because it is accountable to the people who have elected it."

Yadav also attacked the Centre on the issue of constitution of JPC to look into the 2G Spectrum allocation.

"The refusal of the government to institute JPC to probe the corruption cases of 2G, CWG and Adarsh Society has resulted in paralysing of Parliament session. Not only the opposition but even non-Congress allies of UPA are not against the JPC. Congress has only 206 MPs in Lok Sabha and thus a massive majority of 335 members of the House are for JPC," Yadav said.


First Published: Monday, January 24, 2011, 18:20

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