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Shanta resents silence of PM on money stashed in Swiss bank

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 20:24

Shimla: BJP national vice president
Shanta Kumar on Wednesday questioned "intriguing silence" of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on black money stashed by Indians in
Swiss bank and said he owed an explanation why serious efforts
were not made by the government to get them back.

"A whopping Rs 1.65 lakh crore has been stashed by
Indians in Swiss Bank but the Union government is not at all
keen to get the money back inspite of offer made by Swiss
bank to give details of the accounts held by Indians," Kumar,
who is Rajya Sabha member from HP, told reporters.

Charging the PM with shielding the corrupt people, who
had earned money through questionable means and depositing the
same in Swiss bank, the BJP leader said India reluctantly
signed the UN convention against corruption and had not yet
ratified it.

So far 140 countries have signed the convention while
120 countries including Pakistan and Switzerland have already
ratified it but the Indian government was "not willing" to lay
its hands on corrupt people, he alleged.

"I raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha also but the
Prime Minister in his reply skipped the issue and now I have
written a letter to him to come clean on this issue and
explain the real position to the people", he added.

Later, Kumar accompanied by party general secretary J
P Nadda and state BJP leaders led a demonstration in front of
local CBI office to protest "misuse" of CBI by the Union
government and also handed over a memorandum addressed to
President of India.


First Published: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 20:24
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