Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
The Supreme Court of India has stated that the central government has committed "gross Contempt of Court". The government of India has failed to comply with the SC orders issued three years ago on July 04, 0!!.The SC had then ordered the #I to divulge the details of $an% accounts held a$road in &iechtenstein. The court had said in no uncertain terms, "disclose forthwith" to the petitioner. Three years afterwards, today, the government is yet to disclose. The government has conveniently chosen to wait till the completion of investigation $y the SIT. The SC has given time to the #I till Tuesday, '
(pril, 0!4.The SC has also o$served that their orders has $een %ept in cold storage $y the secretaries. The court had re)ected the centre*s petition see%ing a review of the 4 July 0!! )udgement. +or the record, let it $e stated here that the SC had not only re)ected the petition to review $ut also too% over the investigation $y forming a multidisciplinary Special Investigation Team -SIT on $lac% money and also the issue of ta/ evasion $y assan (li.The ovt of India also had claimed that most documents related to Swiss 1an% accounts were forged even though they were o$tained from the residence of the alleged associate of assan (li 2han.The Supreme Court had also dismissed the government*s plea that the dou$le ta/ation avoidance treaty $etween India 3 ermany prohi$ited revealing the names of those Indians, who hold accounts in &iechtenstein.(gain for the record, let it $e said here, that not until ecem$er !4, 005 did the 6nited 7ation Convention against Corruption come into force. 8/changing information for the prevention of ta/ fraud or the li%e has $ecome possi$le only thereafter and the 69( led $y the Congress 9arty has only $een misleading the people of India on this matter. (fter much delay and pressure the 69( govt ratified this convention only in :ay 0!!.The 9: r. :anmohan Singh had promised in 00' that he will $ring $ac% the $lac% money within the first !00 days of his ta%ing charge. Importantly, the Swiss overnment had passed an (ct the ";etrition of Illicit (ssets (ct, 0!!" which empowers its government to return $lac% money to the country of origin of the depositors. +rance and ermany has invo%ed this (ct to get their monies $ac%.In :ay 0! the #I came up with a <hite paper on $lac% money, which said nothing. It speculated an the e/tent of $lac% money in Swiss 1an%s.The 1J9 too% several concrete steps= it made all its :em$ers of 9arliament -:9 to sign an affidavit disclosing accounts held a$road. It constituted a Tas% +orce which identified and gave details of 1lac% :oney.The government stands completely e/posed in this matter. It is neither committed to get $lac% money $ac% nor will it ta%e action against Ta/ evaders in this country.The 1J9 draws attention of the people of this country and see%s them to understand the lin% $etween corruption, $lac% money and inflation under each 3 every Congress ovt. It is not a coincidence that 1lac% :oney thrives during Congress rule.