Her Excellency Smt Pratibha Patil Hon'ble President of India <presidentofindia@...>
Supreme Court <supremecourt@...>,
Hon'ble Vice President of India Shri Mohammad Hamid Ansari
<vpindia@...>, Hon'ble Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, <pmosb@...>
Hon'ble Speaker of Lok Sabha Shri Somnath Chatterjee, <speakerloksabha@...>,
P Chidambaram Hon'ble Finance Minister <chidambaram@...>,
Dr. Y. V. Reddy, Governor, Reserve Bank of India , through Post.
Montek Singh Ahluwalia Dy Chairman Planning Commission <dch@...>,
Dr. Renuka Viswanathan Secretary (Coord & PG) PG PMO" <secypg@...>
Smt. Rajni Razdan Secretary AR PG&P" <rajni.razdan@...>,
Saibal Sarkar US PG PMO <saibal.sarkar@...>,
Shri D.V.S.Ranga JS MOSJ&E" <jsscd@...>,
Kindly examine one Message I received from Mumbai, in response to my earlier message addressed to Swiss Banking Association. This is a surprising revelation that Government of India is not keen to know the names of the Indian Bank Holders, having Bank Accounts in Germany . If this message is correct, this is shame for our countrys governance.
I hope and request to all of you that matter rose herein, would be examined with most importance and expeditious manner.
Important Extract from Message as Received:
ambuj <ambuj@....> wrote:
FYI:Another news... India silent on German Bank disclosure offer
Saturday May 10 2008 14:25 IST
CHENNAI: NEARLY three months ago, Germany obtained a list of account holders at a bank in Liechtenstein , a tiny Alpine principality that is also a tax haven.
The Germans offered the names to any country that asked for it. Curiously, India , with a history of
black money stashed abroad, has shown no interest in the list; it still has not made a request for details.
On February 14, Deutsche Post CEO Klaus Zumwinkel was arrested in Berlin for Tax Evasion. His name was on a DVD that BND, Germany 's intelligence agency, bought from a former bank employee of the LTG Group, run by Liechtenstein 's ruling dynasty.
The disc had the names of 1,400 account holders of the LTG Group's Treuhand subsidiary. BND bought the list, dating from 2002, for Euros 4.2 million. Six hundred of the names lived in Germany , with a possible tax evasion of around Euros 5 billion; Berlin launched 125 tax investigations.
February 25, German finance ministry spokesman Thorsten Albig announced that the names and details of the other 800 account holders would be given to their respective countries, at no extra cost.
All the countries had to do was ask for them. Finland , Norway and Sweden promptly asked. The USA , Australia , France , UK , Ireland , Italy , Canada , New Zealand and
Spain subsequently put in requests. The Americans are now investigating 100 potential tax evaders on that list. Independently, the British stumbled onto information on 400 Italians with accounts at a
Liechtenstein bank, and leaked it to the media.
India , however, which has long tried to uncover details of bank accounts in Switzerland and St Kitts, has not made a request. It should be made by the finance ministry through the ministry of external affairs, for it is something that concerns the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the Directorate of Enforcement and the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Though the government is aware of the developments in
Germany , till date, no request has gone, informed sources told this website's newspaper. Incidentally, Liechtenstein 's Prince Hans-Adams II, the owner of the LTG group, has visited India , to a warm welcome by our political class.
Aditya Sinha (Email Address is withhold, but would be provided on request)
Sent: Saturday, May 10, 2008 6:10 PM
To: DWARKA FORUM
Subject: DF: Fwd: [rti-times] Indian Black Money in Swiss Banking
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From: Milap Choraria
Date: Sat, 10 May 2008 05:21:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [rti-times] Indian Black Money in Swiss Banking System?
TRUTH SHALL ALWAYS PREVAIL
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National Convenor : Movement for Accountability to Public (MAP)
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