Centre tells SC that it can't reveal names of black money account holders

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Centre tells SC that it can't reveal names of black money account holders
New Delhi, Oct 17: It seems the Narendra Modi-led government has taken a U-turn in the black money case. Contrary to what they had promised during the general election campaigns, the Union government on Friday filed an application in the Supreme Court, saying it cannot disclose the details of black money accounts held by Indians in foreign countries.

Hitting out against the Centre, petitioner and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani said this is an attempt by the government to shield those who stashed black money abroad. Such a plea could be made only by crooks who have illegally parked their ill-gotten money abroad and not by a democratically elected government, said Jethmalani, as quoted by a TOI report.

The apex court has agreed to hear Centre's application on October 28.

Jethmalani slammed in strong language the finance minister and attorney general for filing the application at the court and said their act could help only the criminals.

Jethmalani told the supreme court that he has written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi against the application, requesting the PM to take it as his last wishes.

In the first week of October, 2014, there were reports that a high-level delegation of tax and revenue officials will travel to Switzerland to probe cases of black money and secret accounts held by Indians in banks in the Swiss nation.

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