Black money case: SC tells Centre to form SIT within a week-Times of India-23.05.2014
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday gave the Centre a week's time to notify a Special Investigation Team to probe black money stashed in foreign banks by Indians.
The SIT will be supervised by two retired apex court judges.
The top court also asked Centre to secure safely all documents and names of Indian account holders in LGT Bank, Liechtenstein, given to India by Germany.
SC asked revenue secretary to keep these documents safe and secure.
The court directive came as petitioner Ram Jethmalani, referring to the fire in Shastri Bhawan on Thursday, expressed concern about the safety of documents relating to black money.
Solicitor General Mohan Prasaran, however, refuted Jethmalani's claim, saying all documents are kept at north block and not at Shastri Bhavan.
SC had directed the UPA government to duvulge details about LGT bank account holders to petitioner Ram Jethmalani.
But the UPA government had filed an application seeking review of the order for divulging this information.
On Friday, the government did not seek review and the court sarcastically said now there would be no review of black money related orders.
The court's order granting a week's time came after the central government sought modification of its earlier orders on setting up the SIT till its plea seeking the review of its July 4, 2011 and March 3, 2014, orders was "considered and disposed off by the court".
Alternately, the centre had urged the court to give it another two weeks time to issue the notification on the SIT.
The court in its order on May 1, 2014, had given the government three weeks' time to issue the notification for setting up the SIT to be presided over by former apex court judges Justice MB Shah and Justice Arijit Pasayat as chairman and vice-chairman to guide and direct the investigation.
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