New Delhi | Herve Falciani, a former employee of the HSBC who blew the whistle on illegal account holders after stealing data from the bank in 2008, has offered to help the Indian government in cross-checking names of people who denied any account in the bank and said they were wrongly listed as account holders.
Mr Falciani told NDTV in an interview in Paris that his cooperation with the Indian government could result in new cases against Indian nationals who have so far not been investigated for stashing illegal money abroad.
India has asked him to share information about the Indian nationals in the list. As many as 1,195 Indians who possess accounts in HSBC Swiss bank, have a total balance of over 100 billion dollars, as reported.
The list includes names of several politicians, top businessmen and NRIs. However, prominent politicians and businessmen named in the list, including businessmen Mukesh Ambani and former Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur have denied having any account in the bank.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the new list of HSBC account holders carried some new names and the government would proceed in accordance with law if they happened to be those of resident Indians. He, however, said giving mere names would not be enough and the government needed evidence to back up.
Mr Jaitley said most names listed today were already with the government.
In 2008, Mr Falciani had leaked the details about people from different countries holding accounts at the HSBC.
France had passed on details to India about more than 600 Indians holding untaxed money in HSBC. Mr Falciani had told NDTV earlier that India had accessed only one per cent of the relevant data.
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