Actor Priyanka Chopra has quit as the brand ambassador of Nirav Modi after the billionaire businessman was accused of committing Rs 11,400 banking fraud.
“In light of recent allegations, Priyanka Chopra has chosen to terminate her contract with the Nirav Modi brand,” PTI quoted a statement from the actor. This came days after media reports said that the Quantico actor was contemplating legal actions against Nirav Modi for unpaid amount.
Nirav Modi had fled India in early January with wife, brother and uncle Mehul Choksi. He was later seen posing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Davos during thsi year’s World Economic Forum. A week later, PNB bank had filed an FIR with the CBI alleging what’s being termed as the biggest banking fraud.
Nirav Modi had recently written an audacious letter to the PNB admonishing the bank for going public with the news of the financial fraud. He had alleged that the PNB’s decision to go public had ‘destroyed’ his business.
The PNB banking scam has also become a dominating theme of the Indian political discourse with the opposition Congress launching stinging attacks against the BJP and PM Modi for its inability to prevent the fraud. Congress President Rahul Gandhi had recently called PM Modi corrupt while mockingly addressing the fugitive businessman as chhota Modi. This jibe had elicited an angry reaction from the BJP, which felt that the attack by Gandhi was insulting to the post of the prime minister.