427 foreign bank account holders identified, says Finance Minister Jaitley
NEW DELHI: Identity of 427 account holders abroad has
been established and 250 of them have admitted to having accounts, Finance
Minister Arun Jaitley revealed on Wednesday while asserting that the government
is on the right track in bringing back black money stashed abroad.
Replying to a debate on black money in the Rajya
Sabha, Jaitley said the government would “pro-actively chase” those having
black money and will not rest till the last account is identified.
Bringing back black money stashed abroad is a
procedure which will take time, he said while responding to attack by
Opposition which questioned non-fulfilment of the poll promise of BJP leaders
of getting the illicit money back in 100 days.
He, however, did not respond to the Opposition attack
on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for reportedly saying in the run up to elections
that each person will get Rs 15-20 lakh if all the black money is brought back.
Members of Congress, Trinamool Congress, JD(U),
Samajwadi Party and CPM, staged a walkout even before Jaitley could conclude
his reply. During the discussion in both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, Congress
alleged that BJP had “sold lies” and misled the nation for which the government
Spelling out the steps being taken by the government,
Jaitley referred to the HSBC list of 627 account holders received by the
government and said identity of 427 of them has been established. 250 of them
have admitted to having accounts, making the government's task easier, he
Replying to opposition criticism, he said, “We have
done more in 100 days than what other governments had done.” The
confidentiality clause prevents disclosure of names of foreign account holders
unless prosecution is launched against them in a court of law, he noted.