NEW DELHI, Oct 27 � Names of two leading businessmen including Pradip Burman, a promoter of the Dabur group, and a Goa-based mining company along with its five directors were today disclosed to the Supreme Court by the Government, which has launched prosecution against them as part of its drive to unearth black money abroad, reports PTI.
A Rajkot-based bullion dealer Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya and the Goa company, Timblo Private Limited, and its five directors � Radha S Timblo, Chetan Timblo, Rohan Timblo, Anna Timblo and Mallika Timblo � figured in a 16-page affidavit filed in the court.
Burman�s prosecution had been undertaken on the basis of information from the French authorities, while that of the others is based on information received from other countries, which were not named in the affidavit by the Finance Ministry.
The affidavit, filed days after the Government came under attack from political rivals that it was scared of revealing names, promised to disclose more names of black money holders who have come under its scanner, but maintained that all foreign bank accounts cannot be termed as �illegal�.
Today�s additional affidavit on the black money issue was in furtherance of its recent affidavit in which it had said that names of account holders in foreign banks cannot be disclosed till there is evidence of tax evasion against them and prosecution is launched in India.
Shortly after today�s disclosure in the Supreme Court, Dabur India promoter family Burmans said the account complied with all legal requirements.
�We wish to state that this account was opened when he (Pradip) was an NRI, and was legally allowed to open this account,� a Dabur spokesperson said in a statement.