SIT on black money submits latest report to apex court

New Delhi, Oct 27 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the unaccounted money stashed away outside the country to tax havens and ways to bring it back, on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that it had submitted its fourth report with its registry.

After being informed about the submission of the latest report by senior counsel Dushyant Dave, a bench of Chief Justice H.L.Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra said that the hearing on the matter would take place in January.

The SIT report was submitted in a sealed cover.

The hearing of the matter was adjourned as a counsel appearing for the petitioner and noted jurist Ram Jethmalani had sought two weeks adjournment on the grounds that he was out of the country.

The SIT’s latest report has been filed in pursuance to the court’s September 3 order asking it to submit further report on the progress of its investigation on bringing back the unaccounted money stashed away in overseas tax havens.

The SIT with former apex court judges Justice M.B. Shah as its chairman and Justice Arijit Pasayat as its vice chairman was set up under the apex court’s July 4, 2011 order.

It comprises the revenue secretary, the Reserve Bank of India’s deputy governor, the directors of the Intelligence Bureau, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Bureau of Investigation, the chairman, of the Central Board of Direct Taxes, the directors general of the Narcotics Control Bureau, and Revenue Intelligence, the director, Financial Intelligence Unit, and joint secretary, (FT & TR-I), CBDT. The court had said that the SIT would also include the director of spy agency Research and Analysis Wing.

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