Shanta resents silence of PM on money stashed in Swiss bank
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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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