Naresh Goyal denies Swiss account charge

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 10, 2012 02:21 hrs

Mumbai, Nov 9 (IBNS) Private carrier Jet Airways on Friday trashed the report that its chairman Naresh Goyal has an account in HSBC Bank's Geneva branch to keep black money after India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal made the allegation in his fourth sensational "expose" on corruption.

Jet Airways in a statement said: "There is no account in the name Mr Naresh Goyal in the Swiss bank as has been alleged. Besides, Mr Naresh Goyal has been an NRI since January 1991. He is entitled to have bank accounts outside India.

"The suggestion that there has been any unaccounted money stashed away in Swiss accounts is entirely false," the statement said.

According to Kejriwal, the purported account of Goyal had Rs 80 crore in Dec 2006.

Jet Airways said Goyal had received a routine enquiry letter from the Income Tax Department regarding a bank account at HSBC Geneva in the name of M/S Tailwinds Ltd, a company based in the Isle of Man.

"The existence of the company M/S Tailwinds is fully disclosed to various departments of the government of India. All questions have been satisfactorily replied to the Income Tax Department," it said.

All industrialists and politicians against whom the charges were levelled by Kejriwal on Friday have denied that they were Swiss bank account holders.

Kejriwal in his latest exposure named Congress MP Anu Tandon, who is close to Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, as one of the Swiss bank account holders along with names of Reliance brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani and Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal all of whom he claimed operated through HSBC Bank which is "facilitating hawala transactions and money laundering in India".

Demanding action against all names through an honest officer and closure of the bank in India, Kejriwal said in Dec 2006, Mukesh Ambani and Anil Ambani had Rs 100 crore each while Anu Tandon had Rs 125 crore.

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