MUMBAI Nov 9 Reliance Industries and
Jet Airways, two of India's biggest companies, denied
allegations from an anti-corruption activist who accused
executives of holding undeclared Swiss bank accounts.
Arvind Kejriwal from India Against Corruption on Friday said
Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and his brother Anil
held the accounts in a branch of UK-based HSBC in
He also accused Naresh Goyal, the chairman of Jet Airways
of holding "black money" accounts, a term widely used
in India to describe funds meant to avoid taxes.
Kejriwal and his IAG group have already gained publicity
after accusing the ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi's
son-in-law of improper deals with property developer DLF
. All involved have denied the allegations.
"Neither Reliance Industries Limited nor Mr. Mukesh Ambani
have or had any illegitimate accounts anywhere in the world,"
the energy conglomerate said on Friday in response to Kejriwal's
Reliance added the company deals with several global banks,
"These accounts are fully compliant with all regulations and
are disclosed in their appropriate jurisdictions and in India,"
the company said.
A spokesman for Anil Ambani, who is the chairman of Reliance
Capital and Reliance Infrastructure, said in
an email: "Mr. Anil D. Ambani had no bank accounts with HSBC in
Jet Airways, India's biggest airline, called Kejriwal's
accusation against its chairman "entirely false."
Kejriwal also accused three people affiliated with personal
care and food products maker Dabur India who he did
not identify, of holding such accounts. The company declined to
HSBC declined to comment on the allegations, but said it
"takes compliance with the law, wherever it operates, very
Shares of Reliance Industries fell as much as 1.5 percent at
one point, ending the day down 1.1 percent, in a session in
which the broader NSE index fell 0.9 percent.
Shares in Jet Airways dropped as much as 7.4
percent but recouped some losses to end the day down 1.3
percent. Dabur shares fell 0.6 percent.