New RBI Governor is ‘highly corrupt,’ says BJP MP Subramanian Swamy


BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy has made stunning allegations against the newly appointed RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, calling him ‘highly corrupt.’

Shaktikanta Das

Speaing at an interacting session at Indian School of Business  in Hyderabad, Swamy said, “The new governor of (RBI) is highly corrupt. I got him removed from the (Finance Ministry). I am calling Shaktikanta Das as a corrupt person. I am surprised that the man I got removed from the Finance Ministry for corruption was brought in as governor.”

Das was appointed as the RBI Governor earlier this month after Urjit Patel announced his shock resignation from the top post of the Indian federal bank amidst serious differences with the government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Swamy said that he would preferred Professor R Vaidyanathan for the top post in the RBI since was an ‘old Sangh man.’ He was quoted by Indian Express, “Professor R Vaidyanathan, former professor of finance (IIM-B), would have been much better. He is also old Sangh man. He is our man.”

Soon after Das was appointed to succeed Patel, Swamy had reacted angrily to his appointment. He had even written a letter to PM Modi against the decision. Swamy had said, “Shaktikanta Das being appointed as RBI Governor is wrong, he has worked closely in corrupt activities with P Chidambaram and even tried to save him in court cases. I don’t know why this was done, I have written a letter to PM against this decision.”

The appointment of Das had evoked angry reactions from  journalists too because of his questionable role during the demonetisation. Journalist ParanjoyGuha Thakurta had written, “Shaktikanta Das to be the next Governor of Reserve Bank of India: Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. He was a great supporter of demonetisation. Guess who may also be happy? Is it former Finance Minister P Chidambaram? Why? That’s an interesting story. Remember Aircel Maxis?” Journalist MK Venu wrote, “Shaktikanta Das who has the most unremarkable tenure as Secy in finance ministry is RBI Governor. He is close to Jaitley and will not need to call an RBI board meeting to give Centre whatever it asks for.”