BJP asks govt to name Indian account holders in Swiss bank

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) In the wake of a former Swissbanker''s revelations that some Asians were among 2,000 accountholders in his bank, BJP today asked the government to makepublic names of Indians among them.

The party also claimed that the information had alreadybeen provided to the government by Germany.

"We are interested in the names from India and the entirecountry expects that those who have looted public money andinvested abroad in Swiss bank accounts, their names shouldalso be exposed," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Rudolf Elmer, a former employee of Swiss bank JuliusBaer, leaked details of 2,000 high net-worth people holdingaccounts in the bank to Wikileaks. The individuals involvedare from US, Britain and Asia.

Wikileaks founder Julius Assange, appeared in front ofthe media alongside Elmer, and has said they will make these2,000 names public in future.

Prasad alleged that the UPA government had shownreluctance to reveal these names to the Supreme Court though"Germany has already sent the names to it".

"Therefore, we expect that this should come about quicklyand let the nation know who has done what service for thenation or personal enrichment," he said.

BJP has launched a campaign against the Manmohan Singhgovernment for failing to keep its promise of initiatingaction on bringing back black money stashed abroad within 100days of coming to power.

The principal opposition has demanded that the governmentshould at least make the names of these Indian account holderspublic and wondered why the government was not doing so. PTIRC

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