SC must intervene to retrieve black money: Advani

Senior BJP leader LK Advani hoped the Supreme Court would play a "decisive role" in bringing it back to the country.

Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 19:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani, who has voiced concern over black money stashed in tax havens abroad, on Monday hoped the Supreme Court would play a "decisive role" in bringing it back to the country.

"Pending before the Supreme Court is a writ petition filed by senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani and five other eminent citizens including Subhash Kashyap and K P S Gill. The petition aims at forcing government to bring back India`s wealth stashed away in tax havens overseas," Advani wrote on his blog today.

"I hope in a matter linked up with this problem of corruption the Supreme Court will once again play a decisive role," Advani added.
The former Deputy Prime Minister referred to 2-G spectrum allocation, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society scams. He gave credit to the Supreme Court, Parliament and the Comptroller and Auditor General for their activism against corruption.

"The JPC has not been set up; but A Raja has been removed, the Maharashtra CM changed, and Suresh Kalmadi and his colleagues subjected to CBI raids. The loot has not been recovered yet, but if some action has started, the principal determinant has been the Supreme Court," Advani said.

He noted that on November 18, 2010, the Supreme Court had gone further while dealing with a petition filed by Subramaniam Swamy that he had written to the Prime Minister in November 2008 seeking permission that Telecom Minister A Raja be prosecuted.
"His plea was not accepted on the ground that the CBI was investigating the matter. The Chief Justice then asked the PM to file an affidavit in that regard in Court," Advani said.

He praised the apex court for taking "serious note of the CAG report on the 2-G Spectrum scam as well as corruption in CWG".

PTI