After Rafale, Indian National Congress has once again attacked the Ruling Government Minister and this time the charges are directly levied on Arun Jaitley.
Accusing the Finance Minister of bank fraud cases, the Congress on Monday demanded that the FM should be sacked. The strong reason behind Congress’ demand for Jaitley’s resignation is alleged financial link that has been established between Arun Jaitley’s daughter Sonali along with his son-in-law Jaiyesh Bakshi and the fugitive Mehul Choksi. Both his daughter and son-in-law are lawyers as well. The Congress has alleged that the lawyer duo charged Rs. 24 Lakhs from Choksi as retainership.
Addressing a press conference today, Congress Leader and possible Rajasthan CM Candidate, Sachin Pilot accused the government of conniving with fraudsters who had escaped the country. The press conference was also attended by Rajiv Satav along with Sushmita Dev, All India Mahila Congress President.
“Arun Jaitley, being Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, his daughter Sonali Jaitley and son-in-law Jaiyesh Bakhshi proceeded to accept a retainership of Rs 24 lakh from Mehul Choksi’s fraudster company Gitanjali Gems Ltd in December 2017,” Pilot alleged.
“Is it not a fit case to sack Shri Arun Jaitley and conduct a full independent investigation?” he said.
Jaitley’s son-in-law had earlier stated that his law firm had returned the retainership when they realised that Choksi’s company was involved in a scam.
“Successive escapes of Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others reflect that Modi government is not a guardian of ‘public money’ but a ‘travel agency’ facilitating ‘fraud, fleece and fly to foreign shores’ of willful bank defaulters,” the three leaders said in a statement.”
बैंक फ्रॉड करने वाली कंपनी की वकालत के लिए मेहुल चोकसी की फर्म ने वित्त मंत्री की बेटी और दामाद की फर्म को भाड़े पर रखा;
— Congress (@INCIndia) October 22, 2018
The Congress alleged that there have been nearly 19,000 ‘bank fraud cases’ amounting to Rs. 90,000 crore that were reported in the 44 months till January 2018 since the Bhartiya Janta Party came to power at the Centre.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted spelling Jaitley as Jaitlie’s daughter was on the payroll of thief Mehul Choksi. He also mocked that meanwhile her FM daddy sat on his file and allowed him to flee. Gandhi also put out the ICICI bank account number where the money had been accepted.
Arun Jaitlie’s daughter was on the payroll of thief Mehul Choksi. Meanwhile her FM daddy sat on his file & allowed him to flee.
She received money from ICICI a/c no: 12170500316
It’s sad that media has blacked out this story. The people of India won’t. #ArunJaitlieMustResign
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 22, 2018
In response to Rahul Gandhi’s tweet, Priyanka Patil whose bio refers as interest in politics has tweeted Mehul Choksi’s bank statement, saying this is a proof of deposit to ‘Chambers of Jaitley & Associates’, Arun Jaitley’s daughter’s firm. The bank statement shows a debit entry of Rs. 24 Lakhs paid to Jaitley’s firm on 20th February 2018.
Why are all these crooks directly connected to the Modi govt?
— Priyanka Patil🌈 (@MissFurioso) October 22, 2018
Mehul Choksi had fled India on 4th January 2018 and took oath of allegiance in Antigua on 15th January 2018.
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Pilot has also accused the Central Government for allowing 23 fraudsters to escape the country under their watch after duping the country of over Rs. 53,000 crore.
In one of the first scathing attacks directly on the union minister, Pilot said a sinking economy, banking frauds and flying fraudsters form part of BJP’s-Jaitley’s ‘New India’. He reiterated the necessity for the minister to resign on moral grounds.
With Inputs from PTI
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