Centre slept while Nirav Modi globe-trotted: Congress

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS): The Congress on Friday accused the Narendra Modi government of having "slept and snoozed" while fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi set up a diamond business in London after fleeing the country with the support of a firm linked to the Panama Papers.

It asked the government why it could not trace him globe-trotting, despite having the resources of all the probe agencies at its disposal.

"Today is 'World Sleep Day', therefore today the Congress party shall expose how PM Modi i.e 'Desh Ka Chowkidar' and his government slept and snoozed while 'Chhota Modi' i.e Nirav Modi looted crore (of rupees), fled the country, posed with the PM, globe-trotted, opened a new diamond business in London which has a Panama Papers connection," Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said in a press conference here.

"Simple question is - If the Congress party can expose this entire chain of events and trace his trail, why could the CBI, ED, and other investigative agencies of the Modi Government not do the same after 14 months of his escape?

"Is it not a clear-cut case of criminal complacency, complicity and connivance by Modi government with economic offenders like Nirav Modi," he said.

To bolster its point, the party produced a timeline of Nirav Modi's travels to several countries after he fled from India on January 1 and after revocation of his passport by the Indian government on February 23.

The party spokesperson said after his passport was revoked, Modi travelled to six countries: UK, UAE, Hong Kong, France and Germany. He said that the government's reasoning that he was able to travel because his passport was not "physically cancelled" was a "lameduck excuse".

He also raised the point that why was the Red Corner notice against Modi issued only in July, six months after the diamantaire, accused of defaulting on loans worth Rs 26,306 crore, fled the country.

"Is it not a criminal delay?," Khera asked.

He said that the new diamond business Modi has set up in London shares the same address as that of 'Dattani Chartered Accountants'-- a company, he claimed, named in the Panama Papers investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

He said the accountancy firm was linked with 53 entities in all by those papers.

The party claimed that Modi fled the country with as much as 8 million pounds in cash, for he bought an apartment in London for 7.5 million pounds on January 5 -- four days after leaving India.

The party also pointed out how Modi has been able to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in London, where he was spotted on March 9 by a Daily Telegraph reporter, reportedly wearing a 10,000 pound ostrich hide jacket. It was also reported that he lives in a Rs 73 crore house in London and owns an office in upmarket Soho.

Khera said that Modi's London firm, Diamond Holdings, has one officer named Raju Thakorbhai Patel, who owns an accountancy firm in north London.

He claimed that as recently as March 7, Diamond Holdings changed its address to Scottish Provident House, 76/80 College Road, Harrow, HA11BQ, the same as Dattani Chartered Accountants and Balmoral Corporate Services Limited, also named in the Panama Papers.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    So many semiliterates in our twin district still do not know that nirav is the creation of the most corrupt person in India chidambaram (it was said by mr. Poojary during state elections) and the bank officials during the UPA rule.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Nirav Modi was only following his Elder Brother ...

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  • Deepakraj, Mang/dxb

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Who gave the loan..?? Discuss the issue from beginning.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    which bank runs w/o loans????????? in da upa period banks gave loana & recovered it. up2 2014 march banks were well performing. from 2014-2019 banks r looted by da chaiwala.

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  • Rathan, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 16 2019

    Kingfisher got all the loans before 2014, Videocon, Anil Ambani, Ruias all availed the loan before 2014. and MODI started to recover all the will full defaulters.
    Whole UPA was sleeping when CWG /2G /COAL scams were happening

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    Now people know whom to Vote ...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 15 2019

    centre was in deep sleep & lalit modi, nirav modi, mallya, choksi & others were made 2 run out of da country. utter failed govt., petta sarakara 1st time in 65 years.

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