New Delhi, Sep 14: The Congress on Friday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being the main culprit in fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya case.
“Why is PM afraid to conduct a fair investigation in this matter”, asked Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, adding “it shows that PM Modi is not just a part of this crime but the main culprit”.
Addressing a press conference, he said “on 19 August 2014, the State Bank of India (SBI) issued a notice stating Mallya is “Willful defaulter”. On September 2014, United Bank of India also said the same. By 2015, the SFIO and CBI registered complaints against him.
“How can CBI now say that they had no proof of his fraud?”
“Who ordered CBI to change the lookout notice from ‘to detain’ to ‘to inform”, he asked.
In an apparent attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre, the Congress leader asked “why did SBI, that was representing the 17 banks, not approach the Supreme Court immediately? Who ordered them to not approach?
“The apex court lawyer Dushyant Dave stated that he suggested a procedure to 17 banks on how to approach SC to seize Mallya’s passport”, he added.
Hitting out at Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over his meeting with the fugitive liquor baron, Surjewala said the silence from FM is pointing towards admission if guilt.
“PL Punia has asked CCTV footage to be released. He even offered to quit politics if he is wrong. But FM @arunjaitley and entire govt are maintaining complete silence not daring to rebut Punia”.