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Black money SIT holds high-level meet in Delhi

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'New black money law creating panic, confusion'New Delhi:- The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money today held a meeting here and reviewed some high-profile tax evasion and money laundering probe cases including those related to bank frauds.

The meeting was chaired by SIT Chairman Justice (retd) M B Shah with Vice Chairman Justice (retd) Arijit Pasayat. It is expected that the panel may soon submit a fresh report (its fifth) to the Supreme Court, officials said.

During the meeting, the SIT also reviewed the progress of the ongoing one-time black money compliance window, also called the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS), being run by the Income Tax department.

The panel was also “updated” by the multi-agency group on the probe in the ‘Panama Papers’ list case in which at least 500 Indians have been named.

Also, reports were submitted to the SIT by the Income Tax department, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) with regard to their respective probes on the tax evasion and money laundering front.

The about two-hour meeting of the multiple agencies working in the panel took place after over two months here.

However, review meetings with regard to specific cases have been taking place outside Delhi, officials said.

The participating agencies also submitted a record and status of their important probes, a senior official added.

The SIT reviewed the cases being jointly probed by agencies like the Rs 6,000 crore Bank of Baroda illegal remittances case and few high-value bank fraud cases, under scanner by both the CBI and ED.

The panel was also briefed about the progress in I-T cases against overseas black money holders like in the HSBC list, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and a few others.

The SIT was notified by the central government in May 2014 on the directions of the Supreme Court and has submitted at least four reports to the apex court in this context till now.

Headed by Justice (retd) Shah and Justice (retd) Pasayat, the SIT has eleven agencies working under it.


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