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Posted on Nov 11, 03:25PM | UNI
India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Arvind Kejriwal today countered the statement of External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid that his expose was just a 'mosquito bite' causing minor irritation by saying that he is a "dengue mosquito" and would bite both the Congress and the BJP.
"I am a dengue mosquito. I will bite both the Congress and the BJP and then they will be in trouble," Mr Kejriwal told a TV news channel.
Mr Kejriwal has attacked both the ruling Congress-led UPA government and the Opposition BJP for corruption.
Mr Kejriwal yesterday claimed that a senior Congress leader has given him a list of Indians who have accounts in the Geneva branch of HSBC Bank where they have deposited unaccounted money routed out of India illegally through hawala channels.
He alleged that instead of taking action against the people who have deposited black money, the Central government was protecting them.
"A CD containing names of 700 individuals, who had accounts in the HSBC bank as of December 2006, was handed over to the Indian government by France," Mr Kejriwal had said at a joint news conference with Mr Prashant Bhushan.
He claimed that 700 Indians have Rs 6,000 crore stashed away in Swiss Bank accounts.
"Mukesh Ambani had Rs 100 crore, Reliance Industries Rs 500 crore, Anil Ambani Rs 100 crore, Kokilaben Ambani also had an account but the balance was zero as on December 2006, and software company Motek in which Ambanis had shares had Rs 2,100 crore.
"Sandeep Tandon, the director of Motek who was formerly an Enforcement Directorate official, had Rs 125 crore and his wife Anu Tandon who is a Congress MP from Unnao had Rs 125 crore," he claimed.
Mr Kejriwal alleged that Sandeep Tandon, while he was in the ED, had conducted raids at Reliance Industries but later he grew very close to Mukesh Ambani and now his two sons hold senior positions in RIL.
Mr Kejriwal claimed that Jet Airways chairman Naresh Goyal also had Rs 80 crore in the HSBC account.
The activist-turned-politician said out of the 700 people, only around 150 people faced I-T raids.