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Fundamental right of citizens to know who stashes away black money: Ram Jethmalani

Ram Jethmalani has questioned why Supreme Court's order on black money has not yet been complied with.

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 10, 2013 4:42:05 pm

Lamenting that the Supreme Court order on blackmoney has not been complied with even after two years,eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani today said it was the fundamental right of Indian citizens to know about the people who stashed away unaccounted wealth in foreign banks. He referred to Supreme Court orders in which it has said that the court was not satisfied with the government investigation and its appointment of Special Investigation Team headed by retired judges to probe the issue.

“Two years have gone by since the judgement was passed. That judgement has not been complied with. There are no lawyers to make a complaint. There are no Parliamentarians to make a complaint. “… The citizens of this country have the right to know how the masters are working. And this creates a fundamental right in the citizens of India to know every thing about governmental operations,” he said addressing a Round Table Discussion on “Right to Privacy: Issues and Way Forward” organised by Assocham here.

The Supreme Court had passed its order on blackmoney in July,2011 in a case in which Jethmalani was also a petitioner. Jethmalani,who is also a Rajya Sabha MP,said that USD 1500 billion of Indian wealth has been stashed away “by the dacoits in the tax havens”. He said that an illustrious Swiss magazine in 1991 had established with evidence and gave the names of “14 international thugs drawn from all over the world with their names,their photographs,their accounts number and the money”.

He said when he spoke about the issue in Parliament,”the debate just broke up,Parliament went into total chaos and disorder and the very very very cooperative chairman of the Rajya Sabha adjourned the House and the debate has never taken place”.

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