SC decision on SIT for black money slap in govt''s face: BJP

26 May 2011
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.New Delhi, July 4 (PTI) BJP today welcomed the Supreme Court appointing a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the black money issue, saying it came as a "slap in the face" of the UPA government for consistently failing to bring back the money stashed in foreign banks.

"We welcome the Supreme Court decision to appoint a SIT on the Black money issue. This decision has fully exposed the government and the Congress. The government does not want to take any tough and honest measures to check corruption and black money. This decision is a slap in the face of the government," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

"This decision is proof that even the court does not trust the government''s intentions on tackling corruption," he said.

A SIT headed by retired judge B P Jeevan Reddy was today appointed by the Supreme Court to look into the matter.

"The government has consistently failed to bring back Indian black money. This is because the government is merely engaged in cover-up. The government is trying to justify this by saying it has signed double taxation avoidance agreements with these countries," Javadekar said.

He demanded that the government should make the list of those having black money public and also reveal if it has an action plan to deal with this menace.

"We demand that the government should declare Indian Black money abroad as a national asset and also bring a Bill in the forthcoming monsoon session to deal with the problem," Javadekar said.
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