NEW DELHI: In a scathing attack, the Congress on Thursday claimed that the Prime Minister’s Place of work was educated about the alleged fraud staying perpetuated by billionaire jewelry designer Nirav Modi in July 2016, but unsuccessful to act in the make any difference.
“Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, was made informed of this entire fraud by just one Shri Hari Prasad by way of a created criticism filed on 26th July, 2016 and acknowledged by PMO,” claimed occasion spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, adding that “no action was taken” and the “financial institution misplaced the funds and the accused escaped.”
He also alleged that PM Modi was informed of 42 FIRs pending against the absconding.
Surjewala blamed the authorities, which include the finance ministry, for “sleeping on their task.”
“Loot and escape”, he claimed, experienced become the “hallmark” of the Narendra Modi-led authorities at the Centre.
He claimed that the “total process was bypassed,” and demanded to know “who is guarding Nirav Modi.” He hinted at “active complicity at the highest level.”
Earlier right now, Congress president Rahul Gandhi mocked the Centre with a tweet titled “Guidebook to Looting India”, in which he accused Nirav Modi of wielding his alleged ‘influence’ with the PM to get absent with the fraud.
Guidebook to Looting India by Nirav MODI 1. Hug PM Modi 2. Be found with him in DAVOS Use that clout to: A. Stea… https://t.co/4cKQE4y4nQ
— Place of work of RG (@OfficeOfRG)
In a press meeting later in the working day, the ruling BJP clarified that the billionaire was “not portion of the Prime Minister’s Davos delegation.” It was responding to a tweet by Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi that confirmed an picture of the PM with each other with Nirav Modi at Davos before this calendar year.
“Nirav Modi was not portion of the PM’s Davos delegation, he reached Davos on his very own. He was portion of the CII group image. Nirav Modi did not meet or interact with the PM,” claimed Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Prasad demanded that the Congress “cease undertaking politics of photographs”.
The BJP also took exception to the Congress referring to Nirav Modi as the ‘second Chhota Modi’ – the 1st staying Lalit Modi – and accused it of staying “derogatory and demeaning”.
The fraud circumstance, which the Congress is contacting “India’s biggest financial institution loot scam”, observed Nirav Modi, his wife, brother, and enterprise associate Mehul Choksi staying booked by the CBI on January 31, for allegedly dishonest the state-run Punjab Countrywide Financial institution to the tune of Rs 280 crore.
In accordance to the financial institution, the scam is really worth additional than Rs 11,400 crore.