New Delhi, February 17: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday targeted the BJP-ruled central government over the alleged Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case to the tune of over Rs 11,300 crore and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “destroying the financial system” of the country. Also Read - Sonia Gandhi Returns With Son Rahul From US Post Health Check-up Amid Ongoing Monsoon Session
Rahul Gandhi while speaking to media also asked PM Modi to issue a clarification in the PNB scam which Congress alleged was Rs 22,000 crore scam instead of Rs 11,300 crore. Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues
“This Rs 22,000 crore scam cannot have been done without a high-level protection. It must have been known by the people in government beforehand otherwise it is not possible. Prime Minister will have to come forward and answer questions,” he added. Also Read - 'If Govt Didn't Count, Nobody Died?' Rahul Lambasts Centre Over Migrants' Deaths During Lockdown
PNB detected the alleged 11,400 crore rupee scam in which businessman Nirav Modi acquired fraudulent letters of undertaking from one of its branches for overseas credit from other Indian lenders.
Nirav Modi and his partner and Geetanjali Gems promoter Mehul Choksi are accused in the scam.
The scam was started in 2011 and was detected in the third week of January this year, after which the PNB officials reported it to the concerned agencies.
The Congress party has been cornering the Centre ever since the scam came to light while alleging that the fraud took place “under the nose of the NDA government.”