Top industrialists the Ambani brothers and Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal, today denied having illegal Swiss bank accounts in the wake of leaked list of account holders of HSBC brought out by an international body of journalists.
"There is no black (money)...There is nothing to hide, nothing to worry. (I am) following all regulations and rules," Goyal told reporters here.
A Reliance Industries spokesperson said: "Neither Reliance Industries nor Mr Mukesh Ambani have or had any illegitimate bank accounts anywhere in the world."
Similarly, a spokesperson for Anil Ambani said: "Mr Ambani does not have any HSBC overseas account".
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane also denied having any account in Swiss banks by him or any of his family members.
"Earlier my name had also come, there is no truth in it. Neither me nor my wife nor my family have any account abroad," he said.
Spokespersons of Emaar MGF and Dabur group-promoter family Burmans did not comment.
Name of many prominent industrialists had featured in the report by the Indian Express, which said that 1,195 Indian names figure in the HSBC list with a total balance of Rs 25,420 crore, as part of an investigation by an international body of journalists.
Later in the day, Escorts Group Chairman and Managing Director Rajan Nanda speaking in his personal capacity said: "The tax department contacted me about nine months ago and I appeared before them. They were satisfied with my replies that the monies were sent annually through the official route permitted by the RBI."
In an email to its employees, RIL said: "The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has released unsubstantiated stolen information, which is already available with authorities in India."
The reports based on this information do not reflect true facts, it said.
"RIL, with over Rs 300,000 crore of export turnover, has branches and associate companies in over 100 countries. These entities have bank accounts for which all required approvals are in place. The fact that some of these accounts are in HSBC Geneva does not make them illegal," it said.
"Neither RIL, nor its subsidiaries/affiliates, or Mr Mukesh Ambani, had or have any illegal accounts anywhere in the world. In this matter, RIL will continue to cooperate with the authorities."