Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the ban on currency was the biggest scam of independent India.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, “The ban on currency is the biggest scam of independent India. (PM Modi) has accepted bribe from rich and forced poor to stand in queues. (By doing so) Modi ji has betrayed the nation.”
नोटबंदी आज़ाद भारत का सबसे बड़ा घोटाला है। बड़े लोगों से पैसे खाकर आम जनता को भूखे लाइन में खड़ा किया। मोदीजी ने देश के साथ धोखा किया है
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 16, 2016
Kejriwal’s comments come a day after he made sensational allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of having accepted black money in the past.
Speaking during an emergency session of Delhi assembly, Kejriwal said, “This is for the first time in independent India that a prime minister’s name has cropped up in the list of black money.”
Kejriwal presented documents in the assembly to substantiate his claims adding that the income tax authorities had found a piece of papers during raids at Sahara Group in November 2014.
He said, “They found more than Rs 130 crore during the raid and also discovered a piece of paper from one room, which had Narendra Modi’s name.”
Kejriwal also alleged that, according to an appraisal report by tax authorities, one entry by Shubhendu Amitabh from Aditya Birla Group had mentioned Rs 25 crore against Gujarat CM’s name. Modi was then the Gujarat chief minister.
He said, “The Aditya Birla group was raided in October 2013. Income Tax department picks up all the documents… Shubhendu Amitabh was group executive of Birla group… his laptop, Blackberry was checked. One entry was found that stated Gujarat CM Rs 25 crore. Gujarat ke CM ke aage 25 crore and (in) brackets it was written that ‘12 done’ and rest? Gujarat CM kaun the us time…Narendra Modi ji 2012 mein (Who was Gujarat CM that time, Narendra Modi).”
This, Kejriwal said, was after the income tax raids in October 2013, six months before the BJP formed government at the Centre.
Shubhendu Amitabh, according to documents accessed by Janta Ka Reporter told IT officials, “These were purely personal notes, not meant for SMS or mail transmission. I noted the three points purely for my personal consumption. And, the first note is only to note for my knowledge and consumption — a business development at Gujarat Alkali Chemicals, a company engaged in caustic soda as well…”
Shubhendu Amitabh was asked a supplementary question: “As stated by you in the above answer Gujarat-CM stands for Gujarat Alkali Chemicals. In this context please state, have you used similar abbreviations in respect of Gujarat Alkali Chemicals any where else in your notes or any other place? ..was this abbreviation used by any other person in your group while referring to Gujarat Alkali Chemicals?’’
He replied, “In personal diaries and notings, I use a lot of abbreviations. I cannot vouch for others in my group…”
Kejriwal vowed to reveal more papers, which, he said, will conclusively indict PM Modi in black money case.
His deputy Manish Sisodia said that what Kejriwal revealed today was originally meant for September. In September, the Kejriwal government had announced its intention to reveal what they said was ‘the biggest expose of independent India.’
The Birla group told NDTV they won’t comment since the matter is subjudice.
Meanwhile, Indian Express reported that Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan too had filed an application in the apex court alleging a “cover-up” in the wake of raids conducted by the Income Tax Department against Aditya Birla Group companies in October 2013 and on the Sahara India Group in November 2014.
On October 25, Bhushan sent his complaint to all investigating agencies including the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and the two retired judges heading the Special Investigating Team on black money.