4th Expose: Kejriwal names Swiss Bank Account Holders
TNI Bureau: IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal dropped a bombshell in his fourth exposure, as he gave the names of account holders in Swiss banks. Mukesh Ambani, Anil Ambani, Reliance Industries, Naresh Goyal (Jet Airways) and Congress MP Anu Tandon reportedly had Swiss Bank accounts with crores of rupees in 2006.
According to Kejriwal, some people in the Congress itself want to expose the government. He added that a newly-appointed Central Minister had sent a SMS to him, asking for continuance of exposure against Robert Vadra. He also revealed that a source in the government alerted him about the Swiss Bank accounts and his team later verified the details by launching the investigation.
Kejriwal revealed that the government had received the names of 700 Swiss Bank Account holders, who had stashed around Rs 6,000 crore at the HSBC Bank, Geneva. But that information was concealed by the government. He accused then Finance Minister and President Pranab Mukherjee of bailing out key people, saying Mukesh Ambani had met the Finance Minister and offered to pay tax to buy peace.
According to Kejriwal, late Sandip Tandon, who was an IRS office at the Income Tax Department and later worked with the ED, had raided Reliance Industries, but joined the same company along with his sons. Sandip Tandon had Rs 125 crore in Swiss Bank in 2006. His wife Anu Tandon, who is a Congress MP from Unao and also a key member of Rahul Gandhi’s team, had Rs 125 crore at the HSBC, Geneva.
Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambai had Rs 100 crore each in Swiss Bank, while their company Reliance Industries had Rs 500 crore at that time. Motek Software, which owns shares at Reliance, also had Rs 2,100 crore in Swiss Bank. Among others, Naresh Goyal of Jet Airways had Rs 80 crore, while owners of Dabur Group had also kept Rs 25 crore there. Yashovardhan Birla and Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani had accounts at HSBC, Geneval and there was no balance as of in 2006.
Kejriwal explained how it is too easy to open a bank account at the Swiss Bank, even sitting at home without giving any documents. “Opening a bank account with Swiss Bank is far easier than having one with SBI,” said Arvind Kejriwal. He accused the government of trying to save the rich and dishonest and also accused the HSBC of illegal activities and money laundering.
Kejriwal demanded immediate Income Tax raids on all 700 Swiss Bank Account holders and the arrest of key HSBC officials involved in illegal activities. He also requested the 25,000 Indian employees of the HSBC to quit their job if the bank does not disclose the details of all Swiss Bank account holders. He also demanded answers from Pranab Mukherjee, who was the Finance Minister when all these developments took place.