Indian Express

Day 1 of Modi government: Cabinet constitutes SIT on black money in first meeting

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the first Cabinet Meeting of his government in New Delhi. (Source: PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the first Cabinet Meeting of his government in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

In the first decision after assuming office, the Narendra Modi government on Tuesday constituted a special investigative team (SIT) to unearth black money.

The SIT will be headed by former Supreme Court judge M B Shah and will include Revenue Secretary, CBI and IB directors, Enforcement Directorate official, CBDT Chairman and RBI deputy governor. Former Supreme Court judge Arijit Pasayat will be the vice-chairman of the panel.

The Supreme Court had last week granted the government one week to constitute the SIT for monitoring of all black money cases.

“In the first Cabinet of the new government…in the light of the directions of the SC, we have constituted an SIT for unearthing black money… This was an important issue for us,” Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters after a one-and-a-half-hour long Cabinet meeting.

According to a press release, other members of the SIT are Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau, Director General of Revenue Intelligence, Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit and a Joint Secretary in the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

“The SIT has been charged with the responsibility and duties of investigation, initiation of proceedings and prosecution in cases of Hasan Ali and other matters involving unaccounted money,” it said.

The panel will have jurisdiction in cases where investigations have commenced, are pending, are waiting to be initiated or have been completed.

Prasad said setting up of the SIT “indicates the commitment of the new government to pursue the issue of black money.”

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