Kejriwal targets HSBC Bank in fresh exposure
Social activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused private sector unit HSBC Bank of indulging in money laundering and hawala transactions in India and urged its employees to resign from their jobs 'for the sake of the country'.
Kejriwal in his fresh expose 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 owner Naresh Goyal who he claimed operated through HSBC Bank which is "facilitating hawala transactions and money laundering in India."
"The government of Manmohan Singh is a threat to the country's sovereignty," he said, adding that HSBC Bank is a 'threat to India' and it can also channelize money for terrorism in India given its illegal operations.
He slammed HSBC Bank for engaging in hawala transactions.
"If someone from Pakistan wants to send money to India for terrorism, HSBC can do it for them," said Kejriwal.
"They can open account for you in Geneva here itself and you need not go there," he said.
Kejriwal said on July 28, 2011, the Income Tax (IT) Department raided three people in Delhi based on this list and they had all admitted in written statements how HSBC could open Swiss account for anyone right here in India within a day.
He said if the Indian government wants, it can stop operations of HSBC and their top officers can be arrested and they can get all the names of Swiss bank account holders.
He said top officers of HSBC should be arrested because they have made India vulnerable to drugs and terror.
"All HSBC operations in India should be suspended," he said.
He urged all 32,000 employees of HSBC to 'resign from their jobs'.
Meanwhile, India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday demanded investigation against HSBC Bank.
"We demand that HSBC be investigated as varied versions are coming out," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said while addressing a press conference on Friday.
While making the fresh revelations, Kejriwal said he was tipped off by a senior Congress leader himself on this and alleged that the government instead of cracking down is trying to save the account holders.