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I-T dept detects Rs 19,000 crore black money in ICIJ, HSBC cases

21 July, 2017 2:03 PM
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Finance minister Arun Jaitley said information on 628 Indians holding bank accounts in HSBC bank in Switzerland was received from the government of France under the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between India and France.

NEW DELHI: The Income Tax department has detected over Rs 19,000 crore in black money+ following investigations into global leaks including HSBC account holders in Switzerland, the government said on Friday.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said investigations into information, put into public domain by the ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists), pertaining to about 700 Indians allegedly linked to offshore entities based in no tax or low tax jurisdiction, have led to detection of more than Rs 11,010 crore of credits in undisclosed foreign accounts.

"72 prosecution complaints in 31 such cases have been filed before the criminal courts," he informed the Lok Sabha.

The government constituted a multi-agency group (MAG) in April 2016 for speedy investigation in the cases of Indians allegedly having undisclosed foreign assets and whose names were reportedly included in Panama papers leak.

He further said that information on 628 Indians holding bank accounts in HSBC bank in Switzerland was received from the government of France under the Double Taxation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) between India and France.

"As a result of systematic investigation in these cases, undisclosed income of about Rs 8,437 crore was brought to tax till May 2017.

"The reports of these institutions and the government's response on the findings in the reports would be placed before the standing committee on finance shortly," he added.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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