New Delhi: In his latest attack at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on Friday that the Central Bureau of Investigation had aided liqour baron Vijay Mallya‘s escape by “quietly changing” the “detain” Look Out Notice (LOC) for him to “inform”. In a tweet on Friday, the Congress president alleged that the investigation agency changed the LOC with approval from PM Modi.
“Mallya’s Great Escape was aided by the CBI quietly changing the “Detain” notice for him, to “Inform”. The CBI reports directly to the PM. It is inconceivable that the CBI, in such a high profile, controversial case, would change a lookout notice without the approval of the PM,” Rahul Gandhi said.
Rahul Gandhi’s remarks have come a day after the investigation agency had clarified that the change in the Look Out Notice against Vijay Mallya from detain to merely inform was an “error” since he was cooperating and there was no warrant against him. Former MP Jaipal Reddy had also slammed the government and said that the government let Vijay Mallya flee the country.
The CBI sources had on Thursday said that the first LOC was issued on October 12 in the year 2015 when Mallya was already abroad. When he returned, the Bureau of Immigration asked the investigation agency if Mallya should be detained for defrauding banks to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore but since he was a sitting MP and there was no warrant against him, there was no need for his detention.
Mallya had on Thursday claimed that he had met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving India. Soon after, the Congress President’s accused Arun Jaitley of “colluding” with Mallya to help him flee the country. Demanding his resignation as Finance Minister, he asked why had Jaitley not informed the investigative agencies about his meeting with the chief of now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
Rejecting demands of Jaitley’s resignation, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) instead asked Rahul Gandhi to resign as the party president because of his involvement in the National Herald case. “Rahul Gandhi, who is facing serious criminal charges, should first resign. The people of the country should thank Arun Jaitley, who is working to bring the money back which was looted during the Congress rule,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal said.