Jaitley silent on PNB scam to protect daughter: Rahul Gandhi

Congress continues attack over PNB fraud while RBI initiates special audit

Congress continues attack over PNB fraud while RBI initiates special audit

In an attempt to directly link the Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam of a whopping 12,600 crore rupees with Arun Jaitley, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Finance Minister is silent to protect his lawyer daughter.

"In a tweet titled "#ModiRobsIndia", Rahul said: "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 fee by the accused just a month before the scam became public. "When other law firms of the accused have been raided by the CBI, why not hers", asked Rahul on Twitter even as the Congress kept up the heat on the Modi government on the $2 billion scam.

"We state that in December 2017, Chambers of Jaitley & Bakhshi were approached by M/s Geetanjali Gems Limited with a request for a retainer to represent them in their litigation and advisory matters".

Jaitley's son-in-law confirmed this in response to a questionnaire by The Wire.

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Gandhi in his tweet about "other law firms" was referring to the searches carried out by the CBI at the Mumbai offices of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas - a leading law firm which was reportedly hired by the key accused Nirav Modi around a month before the scam broke in mid-February.

"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 retainership amount".

Celebrated jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are accused in the Rs. 12,600-crore PNB fraud, causing a slugfest in the political corridors of India.

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

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