New Delhi, (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Centre to ensure that Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali, who is accused of stashing black money in foreign bank, doesn’t leave the country.

Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium was conveyed the same during the hearing of a petition filed by lawyer Ram Jethmalani and some former bureaucrats seeking its direction to the government to bring black money, said to be the tune of 1 trillion US dollars, back to the country.

"It's your duty to ensure that he is available to face prosecution," the court said when Subramanium informed it that Hasan Ali is in India and the government is taking all necessary steps against him.


During the hearing, Subramanium assured the court that the Centre would reveal the names of persons, who have stashed black money in foreign banks after registering a formal case against them.

Subramanium, appearing before a bench headed by Justice B Sudershan Reddy, said the government has issued show cause notices against the persons accused of having black money in foreign banks and once a case is registered against them, their names will be made public.

Senior advocate Anil Divan representing Jethmalani contended that the government is not taking effective steps in this direction.

Countering Divan's arguments, the solicitor general accepted that Letters Rogatory have been issued and said the government has taken "remarkable" steps in the case of black money.

The court then adjourned the matter for further hearing on March 3.