India govt start naming foreign account holders


Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence Arun Jaitley briefs press regarding tensions prevailing at Indo-Pak border in Jammu and Kashmir in New Delhi, on Oct.9, 2014. Also seen DG (Media & Communication), MoD, Shri Sitanshu Kar. Seven civilians have been killed so far in Pakistani firing in civilian areas close to the border since Oct 6. A total of 60 people have been injured, including five who were injured Wednesday night. (Photo: IANS/PIB)The central government  disclosed names of three people, including Pradeep Burman, who are holding bank accounts in foreign countries and are now under the lens of Income Tax authorities.

The names are: Pradeep Burman, Pankaj Chimanlal Lodhiya, and Timblo Private Limited and its director Radha Satish Timblo and others.

The government in an affidavit  said it has no intention to hold back any information or the names it has received from the foreign governments of Indian citizens holding undisclosed accounts in foreign banks.

The government also said that soon after assuming the office it has set up the special investigation team to probe the flight of black money to the tax havens as ordered by the apex court.

“A team of senior Finance Ministry officials which returned today (Friday) from Switzerland have been negotiating with the Swiss on a number of issues regarding information that India seeks on Black money,” Jaitley told reporters here.

“The Swiss have agreed to provide us bank information of names that we will provide them after there has been an investigation and evidence collected against that person.”

According to the minister, the Swiss authorities also agreed to accept any findings of Indian investigations into the black money issue as authentic and will co-operate in providing bank information of the people against whom evidence have been found.

“We have agreed to carry this process of sharing information in a time bound manner in which a time frame will be set for the process so that investigation and the request for information does not goes on for ever,” Jaitley said whose ministry’s revenue secretary Shaktikanta Das and Chairman of the Central Board of Direct taxes (CBDT) K.V. Chowdary travelled to Switzerland to hold discussions with the authorities there.

Jaitley added that the both sides have agreed to hold discussion for reaching an agreement for automatic sharing of information of account holders against whom substantial evidences have been found.