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I-T Department sends notices to persons involved in black money cases

The notices are being sent by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation to individuals and entities across countries following scrutiny of classified banking data received from foreign countries about Swiss bank accounts

New Delhi: The Indian Income Tax (I-T) Department has started sending notices to persons involved in black money cases on the basis of information received from abroad, even as finance minister Pranab Mukherjee said their names would be disclosed after initiation of prosecution proceedings, reports PTI.

The notices are being sent by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to individuals and entities across countries following scrutiny of classified banking data received from foreign countries about Swiss bank accounts.

“As and when the information (is received), investigation starts, prosecution takes place (and) matter comes to the court. Then, as per the existing treaty terms, we can reveal the names in cases of prosecution by the Income Tax Department,” Mr Mukherjee told reporters here when asked whether the government has received information about industrialists and MPs in connection with black money.

The minister had earlier said the government has received information from France about the overseas bank accounts of Indians. “In 69 cases, the taxpayers have admitted to unaccounted income of Rs397.17 crore. Taxes of Rs30.07 crore have also been paid,” he had said.

India, according to the finance ministry, has so far received over 9,900 pieces of information from several countries regarding suspicious transactions by Indian citizens, which are now under different stages of processing and investigation.

The DCI will initiate legal proceedings in several cases in the next few months, sources said, adding that the cases would be dealt with under criminal provisions of the I-T Act.

In a number of cases being probed by the DCI, the department plans to conducts searches and surveys for obtaining additional information.

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Two crore unique Aadhaar numbers generated in October

“While in 2010 it took three months to cross the one million-mark, we have the capability to generate that many Aadhaar cards in a day now. We have been able to achieve this speed and scale due to our multiple registrar model, as well as scalable technical architecture,” UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said

New Delhi: The Unique Identification Development Authority of India (UIDAI), which issues national identity cards to citizens, today said it generated two crore Aadhaar numbers in the month of October, reports PTI.

“In another major milestone, the UIDAI has generated two crore Aadhaar numbers in the month of October 2011 alone,” an official statement said.

The UIDAI launched the Aadhaar scheme in September last year and the authority was to issue 200 million national identity cards bearing unique numbers by end-March 2012.

“While in 2010 it took three months to cross the one million-mark, we have the capability to generate that many Aadhaar cards in a day now. We would work on stabilising and consolidating this capability in the coming days. We have been able to achieve this speed and scale due to our multiple registrar model, as well as scalable technical architecture,” UIDAI chairman Nandan Nilekani said.

At present, there are around 20,000 enrolment stations across the country being run by about 50 registrars for registration of citizens under the scheme.

The UIDAI has generated 59.6 million crore Aadhaar numbers in a short span of a little more than a year and more than 100 million citizens have enrolled themselves in the system across the country, the statement said.

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