Winsome Diamonds is the country’s second largest wilful defaulter, and owes Rs 4,687 crore to a consortium of banks headed by Standard Chartered Bank.
The latest data from Zurich-based Swiss National Bank (SNB) comes months after a new framework has been put in place for automatic exchange of information between Switzerland and India to help check the black money menace.
On Supreme Court’s direction, the government had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe cases of alleged black money of Indians, including funds stashed abroad in places like Switzerland.
According to Indian laws, it is not illegal for Indians to own property in Dubai. As per the Foreign Exchange Management Act of 1999, resident and non-resident Indians are allowed to own immovable properties abroad.
Of the 129,000 entries in the Dubai database from 181 countries, those of Indians form a sizeable chunk with 5,800 linked to properties in top sites such as the Palm Jumeirah, The World, Motor City, Emirates Living, Dubai Marina, Burj Dubai, Old Town Island.
A customs official said, “310 Euro notes in the denomination of 500 were seized, which amounts to Rs 44 lakh.”
The panel on estimates, which is also called the continuous economy committee, suggests changes in policy or administrative framework to bring efficiency in expenditure.
The exchange will work like this — If an Indian has a bank account in Switzerland, the bank concerned will disclose the financial account data to authorities there; the Swiss authority will automatically forward the information to its peer in India who can then examine the person’s details.
“The GDP has decreased by 2 per cent and 15 lakh people have lost their jobs from January to April this year. The farmers are going through a tough time and the industrial sector is going through one of its worst phases,” said the Congress leader
By unearthing black money, demonetisation has widened the government’s revenue base, giving it more resources for welfare projects.
Slamming the Congress party for inaction against black money, Jaitley said they had adequate opportunity to be in power but couldn’t recollect a single step the party had taken against black money.
The SIT was set up on the orders of the Supreme Court in 2014 through a government notification to suggest methods to curb black money in the economy.
The NIPFP, NCAER and NIFM reports were received by the government on December 30, 2013, July 18, 2014, and August 21, 2014, respectively. These reports were recently submitted to the Standing Committee on Finance, the officials told reporters.
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“Prime Minister Modi welcomed the steps taken by the Swiss side to expedite the execution of tax information sharing request by India and hoped that the two sides resolve outstanding issues expeditiously through bilateral dialogue at competent authority level,” it said.