Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday sensationally alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s silence on the Rs 11,400 crore PNB scam was to protect the latter’s ‘lawyer daughter.’
He wrote, “It’s now revealed that our FM’s silence on the PNB SCAM was to protect his lawyer daughter, who was paid a large retainer by the accused just a month before the SCAM became public. When other law firms of the accused have been raided by the CBI, why not hers
This was after a BJP supporter wrote in his blog that Jaitley’s legal firm ‘was engaged by (Mehul) Choksi’s Geetanjali Gems Limited in December 2017, for handling the disputes they are having with regard to their showrooms.’ The blog added, “The arrangement lasted for just over a month before Jaitley and Bakshi (legal firm) decided to terminate the arrangement immediately after the Choksi scam came out in the open.”
Both Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi had allegedly defrauded PNB of Rs 11,400 crore before fleeing India in early January this year. Nirav Modi was later seen posing for camera with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Nirav Modi was reportedly a part of Jaitley’s business delegation to Davos.
There were also reports that Nirav Modi, who Gandhi had called ‘junior Modi,’ had allegedly deposited Rs 90 crore hours before Modi announced demonetisation on 8 November 2016.
Taking a dig at Gandhi’s tweet, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal taunted Jaitley by asking if he would initiate a defamation case against the Congress president. He wrote, “Jaitley ji, defamation case now? Ya setting hai?”
Jaitley had filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for Rs 10 crore after they had alleged his involvement in the DDCA scam during the former’s time as the cricket body’s president. The matter is currently being heard by the Delhi High Court.