Sack Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over bank frauds: Congress

Sachin Pilot

New Delhi, Oct 22: The Congress on Monday sought regulation of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for “allowing” bank frauds to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore and letting fraudsters like Vijay Mallya to flee the country.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Jaitley, Congress leader Sachin Pilot said that under the current Bharatiya Janata Party government “an unprecedented 19,000 bank fraud cases involving Rs 90,000 crore” have taken place.

The Congress leader alleged that Gitanjali Gems was engaged to retain Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley and son-in-law Jayesh Bakshi’s legal firm for a sum of Rs 24 lakh. Mehul Choksi fled the country on January 4 this year.

On Feb 20, Sonali and Jayesh returned those 24 lakhs saying we didn’t do any work for them”, he added.

Continuing his attack, Pilot stated “At least 23 bank fraudsters have left India under their watch after duping the country by over Rs 53,000 crore.

“The successive escapes of Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others depict that the Modi government is not a guardian of public money but a travel agency facilitating fraud, fleece and fly to foreign shores by wilful bank defaulters,” Pilot told the media here.

“Modi and Jaitley cannot remain silent anymore, they cannot point fingers at the opposition for his own misdeeds. Corruption is writ large over this government whether it is the Rafale deal, thousands of crore becoming NPAs or the escape of Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksia — the list is endless.

“These are the people (Modi and Jaitley) who were officially helping the fraudsters, legally safeguarding them and politically protecting them to escape and run away,” said Pilot.

He demanded the immediate sacking of Jaitley and an independent probe into his alleged “collusion, connivance and conflict of interest”.

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