Swiss reveals bank details, Yash Birla named


Berne: As pressure mounted on the Swiss government to shed its tag as the black money haven in the world, the official gazette of Switzerland named industrialist Yash Birla among the five Indian nationals with Swiss bank account, with regard to the ongoing tax probes against them in India.

The other two named in the gazette are Gurjit Singh Kochar, son-in-law of late realty baron Ponty Chadha, and a Delhi-based businesswoman Ritika Sharma. These are in addition to the two other Indians — Sneh Lata Sawhney and Sangita Sawhney whose names have also been made public in similar manner for being probed by the Indian tax authorities.

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In case of Birla and Ritika Sharma, whose details have been already shared by the Swiss authorities, the notifications also mention their addresses in India, but the information given to India has been withheld from the gazette. No further details — other than their names and dates of birth — were made public for other “Indian nationals”. Similar is the case for other foreign nationals including the British, Spanish and Russians.