'The difference between black money in India and the black money out of India is, in India, it is tax evaded money and Indian money outside India is not only tax evaded money, but money which has been taken out of India's capital resources needed for India.'
'So it is not only tax evasion, but treason too.'
S Gurumurthy speaks to Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com about black money stashed abroad and how it needs to be brought back.
Swaminathan Gurumurthy, convener, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, launched his investigation into black money in 1986.
He was a member of the taskforce created by Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani just before the 2009 election. The BJP had promised then and before the 2014 election that it would bring back the black money stashed away in various banks outside India if it were voted to power.
When the Narendra Modi government informed the Supreme Court that it could not disclose certain details about black money because of the double taxation avoidance agreement India had with certain countries, it angered lawyer Ram Jethmalani, on whose plea the Supreme Court had constituted a Special Investigating Team on black money. Jethmalani accused the Modi government of toeing the United Progressive Alliance line.
In this exclusive interview with Shobha Warrier/Rediff.com, Gurumurthy left, below, explains his expectations of the Modi government on the black money issue.
In 2009 when we met before the parliamentary elections, you had just submitted the task force report on black money to Mr Advani. Did you continue with your investigation even after the BJP lost the elections?
Let me first talk about the initial hurdles in pursuing black money. There was an opinion among many leaders that there was no black money at all. (Former Union minister) Jairam Ramesh openly said it was complete nonsense. First the Congress said there was no black money, then they said there was no black money of this kind. Such opinion was shared even among some in the National Democratic Alliance.
Subject: RE: KALADHAN CONTROVERSY
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:34:21 +0000
Any one as private individual can say, write and do any things and that will not be considered violation of ethical behavior. However, once the same individual becomes part of the "government', has to be careful about crossing the line of ethics.Modi government has grip on the issue. More than any one else in this world, bring back the black money has been the key demand of Baba Ramdev ji. It is just a matter of time and of course fulfilling the obligations as a true government servant, modi government will spill the names and associated amounts those filthy Indians.Dr. Kumar Arun
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:18:53 +0000
From: lalh...@yahoo.comKALA DHAN- TAX HEAVENSDECLARE THEIR NAMES WITHOUT DELAY.Tr.On Friday, October 24, 2014 7:09 AM, bhagwat goel <bhagwat...@yahoo.co.in> wrote:
KALA DHAN- TAX HEAVENSSHRI JETHMALANI & DR SWAMY,MAY I REMIND YOU,1. BOTH UPA AND JAITLEY/NDA HAS SETTLED MANY CASES AS TAX VIOLATIONS. THOSE HAVE NOT BEEN PROSECUTED. MINIMUM OFFENCE/CRIME INVOLVED WAS MONEY LAUNDERING WITH MANY MORE. TIME TO DEMAND DETAILS.2. LET US FORGET ABOUT GERMANY/LIECHESTIN FOR NOW.700 NAMES GIVEN BY FRANCE ARE UNCONDITIONAL BESIDES WE DONOT HAVE DTA WITH FRANCE.3. FORBES MAGAZINE REPEATEDLY YEAR AFTER YEAR DECLARED ITALIAN SONIA AS ONE OF THE RICHEST WOMEN OF THE WORLD WITH 19 BLN DOLLARS ASSETS, ADMITTEDLY RAJIV GOT 2.2 BLN DOLLARS FROM KGB NOW WITH RAHUL GANDHI, WILKILEAL SENT A LIST OF SOME NAMES INCLUDING RAJIV GANDHI 3 LAKH CRORES,NEERA RADIA 3 LAKH CRORES.CHIDAMBRAM 30000 CRORES ALSO NAMES OF LALU, PAWAR ANDMANY MORE. I SENT THIS LIST TO THEN PM MMS RECIEVED RESPONSE SENT TO REVENUE DEPTT. NO RESPONSE FOR YEARS.WHY JAITLY, REVENUE SECY AND ED NOT TAKEN UP THIS MATTER? WHY NO PERMISSION,IF NECESSARY, FROM SC FOR DETAINING THEM AND SUBJECTING ALL OF THEM TO POLYGRAPH ETC TESTS?SINCEREY,BHAGWAT GOEL