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'Mukesh, Anil, Naresh Goel, Cong MP have Swiss a/cs'

Last updated on: November 9, 2012 14:07 IST

Kejriwal takes on hawala money in Swiss banks

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Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal on Friday took on the issue of hawala money stashed in Swiss bank accounts.

Kejriwal claimed that he had a list with the names of people with money in Swiss bank accounts. He added that a senior Congress leader had provided him with the list.

He claimed that industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani both had Rs 100 crore stashed away in the Geneva branch of HSBC Bank.

He added that the Indian government would not make any effort to get the black money back.

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Here are some of Kejriwal's allegations:

Jet Airway founder Chairman Naresh Goel has Rs 80 crore in Swiss bank accounts.

Three family members of the Dabur family have Rs 25 crore.

Former Enforcement Directorate official Sandeep Tandon has a whopping Rs 125 crore. 

Anu Tandon, a member of Parliament and part of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's inner coterie, had Rs 125 crore.

Reliance Industries had Rs 500 crore stashed away.

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Kejriwal takes on hawala money in Swiss banks

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Kejriwal said that industrialist Yash Birla and Kokilaben Ambani both had accounts in Swiss banks but had zero balance in them.

He claimed that he had received the information from government documents. Kejriwal reminded the media personnel that then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee had claimed in Parliament that no MP was in the list of Swiss account holders that was avaliable with the finance ministry.

As many as 700 Indians had black money in Swiss bank acccounts, he said.

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In his last expose on October 31, Kejriwal had termed Reliance's D-6 block in the Krishna Godavari basin deal as a "classic case of crony capitalism" and said both the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance and the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance governments were responsible. 

Kejriwal had earlier targeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's land deals, the then law minister and present External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid of allegedly misusing funds allotted to his NGO and BJP president Nitin Gadkari in the Maharashtra irrigation scam.

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'Mukesh, Anil, Naresh Goel, Cong MP have Swiss a/cs'

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Explaining how hawala transactions work, he says HSBC is openly and brazenly running a hawala racket in India.

"From their statements, it appears that perhaps it is easier to open a Swiss bank account than it is to open an account in SBI. You just need to contact HSBC in India. They would send someone at your home, who would get forms filled up, take money in cash from you and your account would get opened in Geneva or Dubai. You don't need to go out of India to open an account.

"Likewise, you don't need to visit abroad to operate your account. You are given the name and mobile no of someone in Geneva. If you have to deposit cash or withdraw money, you just call up that person. Immediately someone in India from HSBC would visit your house.

"If you have to deposit cash, you hand over the cash to that person. Corresponding amount in dollars would get credited to your account in Switzerland. If you have to withdraw money, that person would deliver that much cash to you," says Kejriwal.

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