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Black money: Assocham against government disclosing names

Amid a growing clamour for naming of alleged black money holders, industry body Assocham Sunday said the government should not prematurely disclose the names of such persons as it could hamper battle against this menace.

“The double taxation avoidance treaties are important for the Indian residents and corporates which can avoid paying taxes twice. Revealing the names of individuals allegedly holding unaccounted money can make to headlines but will surely make India’s battle against the menace weak. Besides, violation of DTATs will deal a severe blow to the country’s credibility,” it said in a statement.

“If names are placed in public domain and those named finally do not get convicted, there would be immense damage to the reputation of the individuals or entities … Impression should not be given as if there is a wild goose chase which can harm the entire jurisprudence,” it said.

It also appealed to the different political parties to see reason while exerting pressure on the government to disclose classified information about individuals or entities relating to their alleged illegal accounts abroad.

“The best course would be to bring in systemic changes so that the premium on black money is diminished and with the help of technology, transparency is taxation becomes order of the day,” it added.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the name of persons would be disclosed as and when the cases are filed in the court.

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