Jaitley silent on PNB scam to protect daughter: Rahul Gandhi

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 13, 2018

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday launched an attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the Rs 12,600-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and questioned his silence over it.

The Congress President also attached a tweet of the news website "The Wire" reading "You know you're doing something right when the ruling dispensation tries to rebut a story that has not even been published yet".

Earlier, Gandhi tweeted, "It's now revealed that our FM's silence on the PNB SCAM was to protect his lawyer daughter, who was paid a large retainer by the accused just a month before the SCAM became public".

The Wire said on its site that it was investigating a lead and had sent a questionnaire to the law firm owned by Jaitley's daughter and son-in-law, Jaiyesh Bakhshi.

As per reports, Arun Jaitley's daughter's firm, Chambers of Jaitley and Bakshi, was engaged with Mehul Choksi's Geetanjali Gems Ltd in December 2017 on a retainership contract.

When being asked about the cancellation, Bakhshi replied, "When the news item started appearing (and this is after 31st January 2018) about the company's involvement in the banking scam, we immediately unilaterally cancelled the Legal Mandate and refunded the entire retainer amount".

His reference was to a CBI raid, as part of investigations into the PNB scam, on the Mumbai office of law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas which had taken up an assignment just a few weeks before the scam was uncovered.

The central probe agency CBI has been conducting raids on several locations related to Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi including their law firms.

Till date, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has carried out searches at over 198 locations across the country and seized properties worth almost Rs 60 billion, while the CBI has arrested at least 19 persons in the case so far.

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