We Were Right About Names In Black Money List, Says Arvind Kejriwal

09/02/2015 1:27 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 27: AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal showing press release during the press conference on affidavit by government in Supreme Court on black money on October 27, 2014 in New Delhi, India. In its affidavit to the Supreme Court, the Indian government revealed the names of three individuals allegedly having Swiss bank account. Arvind Kejriwal accused government of selectively disclosing the names to protect some influential people. (Photo by Raj K Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the party stood vindicated as the names it had revealed in connection with black money earlier is present in the HSBC bank's Geneva branch list naming 60 Indians and entities involved.

"The names I revealed in a PC on 9 Nov 2012 are there in IE list today. We stand vindicated. But bigger Q is - what did 1st Cong and nw BJP do? Nothing? Why? Some of ths ppl claim to hv both BJP n Cong in thr pocket. Why doesn't BJP govt act against HSBC officials? They will spill beans. US did precisely that," the AAP leader tweeted.

"The government is left with no scope but has to hunt down these people who have got illegal money in the bank accounts because the government has to prove they are really serious about it," AAP leader Ashutosh told ANI.

He also said the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party stands vindicated on the black money issue.

"It is one of the best ever expose done internationally. Arvind Kejriwal and his team stand vindicated because in 2011 he has exposed few of these names which appeared," he added.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had earlier in the day said that Special Investigation Team (SIT) is the most competent authority to take cognizance of the information over black money issue and that it would take the appropriate steps on the matter.

"I think the SIT is already investigated into the names which were present with the government earlier. The income tax departments are also investigating. SIT is the most competent authority to take cognizance of such information and will take appropriate step. The government had made its position on the issue of black money very clear," said party spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao.

According to reports, the government is expected to disclose the names of over 60 Indians and entities as part of its crackdown on black money accounts as reported in the HSBC bank's Geneva branch list.

Earlier in December, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had submitted a report to the Supreme Court which revealed that persons on the HSBC list held Rs. 4,479 crores in Swiss banks.

In an official statement released by the SIT, it had said that out of 628 names on the HSBC list received from France, 201 are either non-residents or non-traceable, leaving 427 persons' cases as actionable cases.

The Supreme Court had directed the Centre to ensure that the ongoing probe on those suspected of stashing black money in bank accounts abroad is completed by March 2015.

Recovering the black money stashed abroad was also a prominent topic in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's election manifesto for the Lok Sabha polls.

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