Supporters of BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy have always hailed him as a crusader against corruption. Swamy is known for not sparing even his own government at the Centre on the issue of corruption. But the same ‘crusader’ has been silent on the Rs 4,355 crore scam involving Punjab and Maharashtra (PMC) Bank as pointed out by one of Swamy’s followers on social media.
One Twitter user asked him about his silence on the microblogging site. He wrote, “I am still wondering you didn’t had any idea about PMC bank and HDIL scam！！ Not even single word about this biggest scam.”
Irked by the Twitter user’s question, Swamy replied, “I don’t speak or write because you want it like a spectator in a stadium. It is for me to decide as a player.”
: I don’t speak or write because you want it like a spectator in a stadium. It is for me to decide as a player
— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) October 5, 2019
The Congress has alleged that Rajneet Singh, son of BJP MLA from Mumbai’s Mulund area Sardar Tara Singh, was one of the directors of the bank, and was also on the board of HDIL, which defaulted on a loan of Rs 6,500 crore owed to the bank triggering the crisis. Congress national spokesperson Gourav Vallabh, according to news agency PTI, said that the scam had strong BJP links with 12 directors on the lender’s board having connections to the ruling party.
The Mumbai Police recently arrested the father-son promoters of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) after they were accused of defaulting on a loan of Rs 6,500 crore owed to the crisis-hit PMC Bank. The company owned by Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan reportedly sponsored Kolkata Knight Riders, an IPL cricket team owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was the organiser of a glorious Mumbai fashion event, HDIL Couture Week India and also had stakes in Adhikari Brothers’ firms and Hindi news channel Live India.