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Why different yardsticks in black money issue? Kejriwal asks govt

Agencies  New Delhi, November 10, 2012
First Published: 20:26 IST(10/11/2012) | Last Updated: 20:58 IST(10/11/2012)

Activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked the government whether the names of industrialists he named as having accounts in HSBC Bank in Geneva were part of the list of 700 people handed over to the authorities by France.

Posing questions to finance minister P Chidambaram, he said the country wants to know from him why the government was "applying" different yardsticks while investigating the matter as only some people are raided while others are let off.

Kejriwal had on Friday targeted Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Congress MP Annu Tandon, the Dabur family and Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, alleging that they held accounts in HSBC Bank's Geneva branch. The bank and all of those targeted by Kejriwal have denied any wrongdoing.

He also alleged the government was saving HSBC and how could people believe that government will do a fair probe.

"If US government can firmly deal with such banks, why can't Indian governmen do the same"? he said.

Attacking the Congress and the BJP once again on Saturday, Kejriwal termed himself deadlier than dengue. "I am deadlier than dengue, if I will bite the Congress and the BJP, they would face problems, (sic)" Kejriwal said in New Delhi, a day after accusing industrialists and politicians of stashing money in Swiss banks.

The Congress has slammed Kejriwal saying he is only interested in defaming people by levelling charges of financial wrongdoing.

"By levelling allegations before the media he can only defame somebody but cannot get anything substantial out of it. This shows that he is only interested in defaming people," Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters.

Alvi said that if Kejriwal had any evidence he should go to the government or any government agency.

"If anybody has done anything wrong, law will take its own course," he said.

(With inputs from PTI, IANS)

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