India to get Swiss bank detail; SIT readies for further action

Jun 22 2014, 20:31 IST
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The Swiss government official refused to divulge the identity of the concerned entities. Reuters The Swiss government official refused to divulge the identity of the concerned entities. Reuters
SummaryIndia's efforts to crackdown on black money stashed abroad.

list of the said persons. Then we will verify. Then action is taken."

"If it is legal we cannot do anything, If it is illegal or unaccounted money then we take action. It depends on which manner the amount is deposited," he added.

The Swiss government official also said that Switzerland is looking forward to working with the new government in India and it will also extend all possible support to the SIT on black money.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who has been a petitioner in Supreme Court in the black money case, said from London, "I am very happy and feeling relaxed today and I am hopeful that the NDA government will take the fullest possible advantage of this information.

"So much of wealth is stolen from India and they will be punished. The money will be used to eradicate poverty and all other ills of the society."

AAP leader and senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan said that SIT was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court, so government need not take credit for this.

"And if Swiss government will share any formation that is a welcome step. But government must stop illicit flow of money into such instruments such as p-notes and the money into the companies which are registered in tax havens," he told reporters in Delhi.

While declining to be named, as he is not authorised to speak to media, the Swiss official further said the details are being shared with India on a 'spontaneous' basis and are different from the information sought earlier by the Indian authorities on the basis of 'leaked' or 'stolen' lists of certain banks, including the so-called 'HSBC list'.

Swiss government has been refusing to share details about the Indians named in this 'HSBC list', which was stolen by a bank employee and later found its way to tax authorities in various countries including India.

Despite repeated requests from India, Switzerland has said its local laws prohibit administrative assistance in matters where information has been sourced illegally, including through stolen lists.

The said 'HSBC list' allegedly contains names of Indians and other foreign nationals having ill-gotten wealth in Swiss unit of the global banking major.

India is one of the 36 countries with which Switzerland has signed treaties to provide administrative assistance in tax matters in accordance with international standards.

In its latest annual report on 'international financial and tax matters 2014', the Switzerland's Federal Department of Finance has

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