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Black money: Apex court to hear Jethmalani’s plea on Jan 10

| Updated on: Dec 16, 2013

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear on January 10 an application seeking speedy hearing of a plea by noted jurist Ram Jethmalani accusing the Centre of not implementing its directions on the issue of black money allegedly stashed in banks abroad.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that Jethmalani’s plea for hearing the two applications filed by him will be considered.

The senior advocate has sought expediting of hearing for directions to the government “to file list of names of those having accounts in Liechtenstein Bank with respect of whom investigations have been concluded, either partially or wholly, and show cause notices issued and proceedings initiated“.

The earlier application had also sought compliance report regarding the directions given by the apex court in its judgement of July 4, 2011 as well as setting up of an “appropriate bench” for expeditious disposal of the plea for names of those having accounts in Liechtenstein Bank.

In his latest application, Jethmalani, has alleged that more than two years have elapsed since the apex court’s July 4, 2011 judgement, but “no steps have been taken by the respondents (Centre and its concerned ministry) in compliance with the directions of the apex court“.

“The respondents have brazenly and wilfully flouted the directions of this court. In light of the defiant conduct of the respondents and their wilful inaction to comply with the mandates contained in the judgement of July 4, 2011,” he said.

Published on December 16, 2013

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