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Anil Ambani denies Kejriwal charges

Posted on Nov 10, 12:43PM | IBNS

The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Friday rubbished charges by India Against Corruption (IAC) that its chairman Anil Ambani has accounts with HSBC's Geneva branch.

A statement issued by a spokesperson for Anil D. Ambani refuting the allegations of IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal said, "Mr. Anil D. Ambani had no bank accounts with HSBC in Geneva".

"It is regrettable that such baseless allegations are being made by IAC at the behest of vested interests," it said.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) run by his brother Mukesh Ambani also denied charges levelled against it by Arvind Kejriwal and said neither the company nor its chairman Mukesh Ambani has any 'illegitimate accounts anywhere in the world'.

"Reliance Industries Limited denies all allegations made by IAC (India Against Corruption) against Reliance and Mr. Mukesh Ambani in their press conference today," the diversified conglomerate said in a statement.

"Neither Reliance Industries Limited nor Mr. Mukesh Ambani have or had any illegitimate accounts anywhere in the world," it said.

"Reliance Industries Limited has business interests in several countries with turnover of thousands of crores in Rupees. As a part of their normal business, these international subsidiaries of Reliance Industries Limited deal with several global banks including HSBC," read the RIL statement.

"These accounts are fully compliant with all regulations and are disclosed in their appropriate jurisdictions and in India. The continued tirade of baseless allegations being made by IAC against us appears to be instigated by vested interests," it said.

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 owner Naresh Goyal who 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.