New Delhi, Nov 10
India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal today said he is a ‘dengue mosquito’ and would bite both the Congress and the BJP.
“I am a dengue mosquito. I will bite the Congress and the BJP and then they will be in trouble,” Mr Kejriwal told a TV news channel.
Mr Kejriwal was reacting to the statement of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that the IAC leader’s attack was just a ‘mosquito bite’ that causes minor irritation.
The social activist-turned-politician has been attacking both the ruling Congress-led UPA government and the Opposition BJP on corruption issue.
In yet another ‘expose’, Mr Kejriwal yesterday claimed that a senior Congress leader has given him a list of Indians who have accounts in the Geneva branch of HSBC Bank where they have deposited unaccounted money routed out of India illegally through hawala channels.
He alleged that instead of taking action against the people who have deposited black money, the Central government was protecting them.
“A CD containing names of 700 individuals, who had accounts in the HSBC bank as of December 2006, was handed over to the India government by France,” Mr Kejriwal said at a joint press conference with Mr Prashant Bhushan.
He claimed that 700 Indians have Rs 6000 crore stashed away in Swiss Bank accounts.
“Mukesh Ambani had Rs 100 crore, Reliance Industries Rs 500 crore, Anil Ambani Rs 100 crore, Kokilaben Ambani also had an account but the balance was zero as on December 2006, and software company Motek in which Ambanis had shares had Rs 2,100 crore.
Sandeep Tandon, the director of Motek who was formerly an Enforcement Directorate official, had Rs 125 crore and his wife Anu Tandon who is a Congress MP from Unnao had Rs 125 crore,” he claimed.
Mr Kejriwal alleged that Sandeep Tandon, while he was in the ED, had conducted raids at Reliance Industries but later he grew v
Congress hits back at Kejriwal for hit & run strategy
New Delhi, Nov 10
The Congress today hit back at activist politician Arvind Kejriwal for adopting ‘hit and run strategy’, levelling charges of financial wrongdoing on people without evidence.
Speaking to reporters All India Congress Committee (AICC) Spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, “Kejriwal is levelling charges of financial wrongdoing without evidence. If he has evidence, he should go to the government agency.” Mr Alvi said Mr Kejriwal is using highly televised press conferences to defame people for publicity.
He added that if Mr Kejriwal has genuine documents, he should cooperate with the Government agencies or go to the court.
He also asserted that if anybody has done anything wrong “the law will take its own course.” In his fourth ‘expose’, Mr Kejriwal yesterday alleged that the Government of India had received a CD from the French government which contained the names of 700 account holders in the HSBC Bank in Geneva and instead of taking action against them, the government was protecting them.
He also claimed that 700 Indians have Rs 6000 crore stashed away in Swiss Bank accounts.
Dismissing Mr Kejriwal’s allegations of black money against big corporate houses, the government today stated that it had taken ‘appropriate action’ on the information.
“There is nothing new in it. This has already been discussed in Parliament and appropriate action has been taken,” a Government official said.
“Further action including assessment, tax collection and levy of penalty will be taken as per the provisions of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and based on the facts of each case,” an official statement issued here today said.
It said investigations in the matter were under progress including with the foreign tax authorities to obtain more information with regard to the reported account holders.
ery close to Mukesh Ambani and now his two sons hold senior positions in RIL.
Mr Kejriwal claimed that Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal also had Rs 80 crore in the HSBC account.
The activist-turned-politician said out of the 700 people, only around 150 people faced I-T raids.