1. Black money: No valid reason given for not revealing names, says Subramanian Swamy

Black money: No valid reason given for not revealing names, says Subramanian Swamy

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said the government was not giving a valid reason in not revealing names...

By: | Kolkata | Published: November 8, 2014 5:22 PM
Swamy said that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the argument forwarded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not correct. (Reuters)

Subramanian Swamy said that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the argument forwarded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not correct. (Reuters)

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today said the government was not giving a valid reason in not revealing names of the accounts of Indians held in foreign banks.

“The government is saying that the Double Tax Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) which India had signed with other countries prevented it from revealing the names of the foreign account holders, which is not a valid reason”, Swamy told reporters on the sidelines of an event here.

Although there is a secrecy clause in the DTAA which was preventing the government from disclosing the names, the hurdle could be overcome, he said.

Swamy said when Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister before becoming President, he had written to German government for disclosure of names under the DTAA for accounts held in Liechtenstein.

“Now what the government have to do now is that it will again have to write to the German counterpart that earlier it had wrongly sought disclosures under DTAA. Now the government is seeking the disclosures under a particular UN resolution “, he said.

Swamy said that he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the argument forwarded by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was not correct.

When pointed out that when BJP was in the Opposition, the party had criticised the Congress-led UPA for citing DTAA as the sole reason for the government not being able to disclose the names and the present dispensation was doing the same now, Swamy said that “it is the BJP which had formed the SIT soon after coming to power”.

“Why did not the Congress form it despite the Supreme Court giving directions in 2011”, he asked.

“The black money stashed abroad should be brought back to India and we will do that”, he asserted.

Swamy said that black money was also legitimised through participatory notes.

  1. Rabindra Nath Roy
    Nov 9, 2014 at 11:36 pm
    It was same subramanian Swamy before election during the time of UPA II that if he was a FM he would bring black money in 14 days time and put the persons having black money abroad behind the bar. Now he says it would take 1 year. The question is no one had asked earlier as to how much time it would take to bring back black money. Now Ramdeb Baba his Guru says what is there in a name we want money back. It is not BJP that formed the SIT BUT THE SUPREME COURT. ONLY THING BJP DID WAS TO NOTIFY THIS WHICH UPA II did not do earlier. Claim of BJP is incorrect and a legal man like Subramanian Swamy it is not proper to say the BJP formed SIT.
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