New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s daughter was paid by Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam accused Mehul Choksi. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the finance minister sat on Choksi’s files and let him flee as his daughter was on the absconding diamantaire’s payroll. Also Read - Sonia Gandhi Returns With Son Rahul From US Post Health Check-up Amid Ongoing Monsoon Session
Addressing the finance minister as Arun “Jaitlie”, the Congress president wrote: “Arun Jaitlie’s daughter was on the payroll of thief Mehul Choksi. Meanwhile her FM daddy sat on his file and 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.” The tweet was followed by hashtag: “ArunJaitlieMustResign”. Also Read - In Absence of Sonia And Rahul, Congress Leaders to Meet Tomorrow to Discuss Organisational Issues
Rahul Gandhi’s allegations came hours after Congress leader Sachin Pilot demanded Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley be sacked for “allowing” bank frauds to the tune of Rs 90,000 crore and “letting” fraudsters like Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi to flee the country. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley, Pilot said that under the Bharatiya Janata Party government “an unprecedented 19,000 bank fraud cases involving Rs 90,000 crore” have taken place.
“At least 23 bank fraudsters have left India under their watch after duping the country by over Rs 53,000 crore. The successive escapes of Vijay Mallya, Lalit Modi, Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and others reflect that the Modi government is not a guardian of public money but a travel agency facilitating fraud, fleece and fly to foreign shores by wilful bank defaulters,” the Congress leader said.
“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.