No one will be spared, assures Law Minister

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Feb 2018 08:48:12



Terms Congress’ attack on Prime Minister as baseless


UNDER flak for a Rs 11,400 crore fraud case involving Punjab National Bank, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said no one irrespective of stature will be spared by the probe agencies and rejected Congress’ attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “baseless”.

The party fielded Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to counter allegations against the Modi Government and he dubbed the Congress’ reference of “chhota Modi” for the scam’s main accused, Nirav Modi, as “derogatory, demeaning, shameful, utterly irresponsible and scandalous”.

Official sources also pointed out that Nirav Modi was not part of Prime Minister’s official delegation to Davos as being claimed by the Congress.

Asked at the press conference about the action taken by the Prime Minister’s Office after Bengaluru resident Hari Prasad warned it in a letter in July 2016 against Nirav Modi and other accused, Prasad said it was acknowledged and what action different departments took will be conveyed later.

Seeking to turn the heat on the Congress, Prasad pointed out that the alleged fraud had started in 2011 when it was in power and questioned whose “blessings” were with Mehul Choksi, Nirav’s business partner, as the income of Choksi’s firm Gitanjali Gems doubled between 2011-13. The fraud has been unearthed under our government and action is being taken, he said.

Prasad also said that Nirav was not part of the Prime Minister’s delegation to Davos and had come to the Swiss town on his own. He joined a CII delegation for a group photograph with him, he said.

“I wish to deny this with full authority. No personal meeting (of Nirav) with the Prime Minister took place,” he said.
“Those living in glass houses, which are already broken, should not throw stones at us as the Modi Government is working with full honesty. I want to make it clear on the government’s behalf as well that nobody irrespective of his stature in the banking system will be spared,” he said.