Arvind Kejriwal goes after Ambanis, Jet; says HSBC running a hawala ring
At a press conference, Arvind Kejriwal demanded the arrest of top officials of HSBC for money-laundering, and the immediate suspension of the bank’s operations in India.
Kejriwal named 10 individuals and firms that he said were on a list of 700 accountholders in Swiss banks which France had supplied to the Indian government. They are, besides Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani and Goyal, the Ambani brothers’ mother Kokilaben, Mukesh Ambani’s flagship Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), Reliance group company MoTech Software Pvt Ltd., Congress MP from Unnao Annu Tandon and her late husband Sandeep, three members of the Burman family that owns Dabur, and Yashovardhan Birla, chairman of the Yash Birla group.
The accounts of Birla and Kokilaben Ambani had no balance at the time the list was prepared.
Kejriwal said his primary source of information was a Congress leader who became a minister recently — a statement that Kejriwal declined to acknowledge during a television interview later.
RIL denied the charges. In a statement, the group said, “Neither Reliance Industries not Mukesh Ambani have or had any illegitimate accounts anywhere in the world. RIL has business interests in several countries with turnover of thousands of crores of rupees. As part of their normal business, these international subsidiaries of RIL deal