Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday alleged that “people sitting at the top in the central government helped billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is being investigated in a multi-crore PNB fraud case, escape from the country.” He also hit out at PM Narendra Modi for his “silence” on the PNB fraud and urged him to speak on the issue so that the fears of thousands of people who have accounts in PNB are allayed.
“It is obvious that people sitting at the top in the central government are directly involved in Nirav Modi’s escape. It cannot be a coincidence that he suddenly escaped from the country after Rs 11,000 fraud. Many agencies are involved in it. This is not possible unless a green signal is given from the top,” said Kejriwal who was talking to media persons on the sidelines of a public function on Sunday.
Expressing surprise at Nirav Modi’s escape, which comes nearly two years after Vijay Mallya fled the country, Kejriwal asked: “How is this possible that one day Vijay Mallya escaped with Rs 9000 crore and another day Nirav Modi escaped with Rs 11,000 crore?”
At a function organised by Agrawal community at IGI stadium, Kejriwal linked Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi (businessman and cricket administrator) to BJP while accusing the central government of having “failed” to check corruption. “People are in panic. Many have come to meet me. They are worried about the security of the money they have deposited in the bank (PNB),” he said.
As BJP and Congress are trading charges on PNB fraud with Congress claiming that the actual size of the fraud may be over Rs 21,000 crore and BJP claiming that it started in 2011 under UPA regime, Kejriwal blamed both BJP and Congress. “During the UPA regime Congress used to benefit from the scams and now the BJP is getting benefits of these frauds. This is the reason why no politician from the Congress has been sent to jail,” Kejriwal said.
“People voted for change in 2014. But the cases of corruption which started in Congress regime have not been closed till now. People are being fooled,” Kejriwal said while asking the central government to make it clear when Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya would be arrested.
The function was organised by the traders’ community to thank Kejriwal for sending two persons (businessman Sushil Gupta and chartered accountant ND Gupta) from their community to RS. As he used the occasion to try to impress them, Kejriwal described the traders as hard-working and honest individuals.
“AAP has two Guptas (Sushil Gupta and N D Gupta) while BJP has two Modis (Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi) and now it is up to the country to decide who is honest,” Kejriwal said as he defended his decision to send the Guptas to RS which had sparked a row within the party with founder member Kumar Vishwas openly opposing the move. In the wake of this row, the opposition parties had targeted AAP and termed the selection of the Guptas as “2G Scam.”
“They were picked for merit, not their caste. A group of MLAs suggested Sushil Gupta’s name. BJP and Congress termed it 2G Scam. Their problem is that they (BJP, Congress) hate the Agrawal community,” said Kejriwal who sought the support the traders’ community to strengthen the party in Haryana where it aspires to form the next government.