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Govt, SIT to widen black money probe

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Feb 9 � With a fresh list of black money holders abroad making waves, the Government today said it will probe all the new cases and take the assistance of a whistleblower to get all the names of Indians with HSBC accounts in Switzerland and other places, even as the SIT decided to widen its probe, reports PTI.

�Some new names have been revealed, whose veracity would be checked by authorities,� Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters as the government said information in over 600 cases has been sought from foreign jurisdictions based on credible information of undisclosed foreign accounts. He said mere names would be of no use, unless accompanied by independent evidence.

Later, an official statement said the Income Tax Department is in touch with the whistleblower, who apparently brought out the names of persons holding undisclosed bank accounts in HSBC, Switzerland.

�He has been requested to share information available with him in regard to undisclosed bank accounts of Indians in HSBC, Switzerland and other destinations,� it said.

Jaitley and the government were reacting to a report in the Indian Express which said 1,195 Indian names in the fresh HSBC list are nearly double the 628 names that figured in a list that was shared by the French government with India in 2011.

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