SONIA GANDHI’S ILL-GOTTEN LOOT IN INDIA
V. Sundaram, IAS May 1, 2012
According to some estimates, the Italian-born Sonia Gandhi has amassed untold black money to the tune of 40 Billion US Dollars, through her deeds / misdeeds of massive governmental corruption in India during the last 30 years. It is now widely known that when Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, Sonia inherited from her husband’s Swiss bank accounts a sum of $ 2 billion US Dollars looted from India. Her party came back to power in 2004 and again in 2009 and in a period of less than 8 years she has succeeded in increasing her black money wealth from $ 2 billion US Dollars in 1991 to a massive amount of $ 19 billion US Dollars in January 2012. The most corrupt government in the history of post independent India has been the Government of Dr Manmohan Singh from 2004 to 2009 and again from 2009 till date. Dr Manmohan Singh has acted as the chief facilitator of all Sonia scams rather than as the Chief Executive of the Government of India.
In January 2012, the worlds-luxury-guide.com website gave the following details relating to the looted and plundered wealth held by Sonia Gandhi.
List: World’s Richest Politicians
Created by: staff
World Luxury Guide’s List of the World’s Richest Politicians
|Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz||Saudi Arabia||King||$21 billion|
|Hassanal Bolkiah||Brunei||Sultan||$20 billion|
|USA||Mayor of New York||$18.1 billion|
|Sonia Gandhi||India||President, Indian National Congress (political party)||$2-19 billion|
|Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan||United Arab Emirates||President (And emir of Abu Dhabi)||$18 billion|
On March 2, 2012, Businessinsider.com placed Sonia Gandhi in the 4th position in the world terms of personal wealth. I am giving below the details as presented by the Business Insider Journal in USA.
Meet The 23 Richest Politicians In The World
Natalia Angulo | Mar. 2, 2012, 10:22 AM
Net Worth: $2-19 billion Residence: India
Position: President, Indian National Congress (political party)
Gandhi is originally from Italy. She is the widow of Rajiv Gandhi, the assassinated former prime minister. As leader of the Congress party, Gandhi played a key role in reviving the party’s fortune and power.
In October 2012, Dr Subramanian Swamy, President of Janata Party setup The Action Committee Against Corruption in India (ACACI) to fight corruption in the space left vacant by two major movements against corruption. The first movement initiated by Baba Ramdev focused on mass mobilisation against corruption. The second movement has been initiated under the leadership Anna Hazare focused on the need for revamping of the present laws and making them free of loopholes. The Action Committee Against Corruption in India (ACACI) will focus on specific action against macro level corrupt acts especially in the criminal misconduct of high level public officials and the illegal money flow out of and into the country.
The ACACI will leverage the existing national and international laws and move internal and global institutions to discover and recover illegal funds deposited abroad in secret banking channels in about 77 countries. The main objective of ACACI will be to bring back the looted wealth to India which now lies in various Swiss Banks and other banks in tax havens abroad.
I am of the view that the ACACI should officially get in touch with The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in USA. FATF is an international inter-governmental body. The objectives of the FATF are to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. The FATF is therefore a “policy-making body” which works to generate the necessary political will to bring about national legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. FATF comes under the US Department of Treasury. Timothy F Geithner is the Secretary of the US Department of Treasury.
The FATF has developed a series of Recommendations that are recognised as the international standard for combating of money laundering and the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. They form the basis for a co-ordinated response to these threats to the integrity of the world financial system and help ensure a level playing field.
Dr Subramanian Swamy could write to Timothy F Geithner about the role that is being played by the ACACI in India to fight governmental corruption at the highest levels. All the details and national/international ramifications of the Himalayan corruption of Sonia Gandhi, her sisters in Italy, the members of her extended family in India and her specially chosen corrupt Union Cabinet Ministers should be brought to the notice of FATF. The ACACI should seek an Observer status with the FATF in order to work out a fully co-ordinated and integrated strategy for combating the canker of governmental corruption in India.
The main focus of the ACACI should be to bring pressure upon the US Government through FATF to ensure that the same action as was initiated by the US Government against President Marcos of Philippines, President Mubarak of Egypt and President Ghadaffi of Libya should also be initiated against Sonia Gandhi, her extended clan and their followers/supporters both in India and Italy so that there is total Restitution of their illicit wealth to its rightful owners, namely, the people of India. If President Marcos of Philippines, President Mubarak of Egypt and President Ghadaffi of Libya can be viewed as “politically exposed persons” by the US Government for the Restitution of their illicit wealth to the common people of the three concerned countries, then there is an equally potent and valid reason for treating Sonia Gandhi as a criminal on par with those publicly disgraced political leaders in order to Restitute her illicit wealth to the looted people of India.