Intensifying its attact on the government, directly making accusations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitly and the CBI, for the `great escape’ of liquor king Vijay Mallya, the Congress demanded complrehensive probe against them, over what it labelled as `Mallyagate’.
Congress communications chief Randeep Surjewala questioned Modi and Jaitley’s “conspiratorial silence” on the issue. He demanded that the role of the PM Modi should be probed for the his “complicity, collusion, collaboration and connivance” in Mallya escape.
“CBI falls under the Department of Personnel and Training which directly reports to the PM. Therefore, collaboration of the Modi government at the highest level stands exposed in this case. PM cannot absolve himself from his responsibility in Mallya escape-gate,” said Surjewala. “Who in the PMO nudged CBI to help Mallya escape?” he questioned.
Surjewala also demanded a probe into Jaitley along with senior officials of the Finance Ministry for their complicity in the case, alleging that Jaitley had met Mallya in Parliament on March 1, 2016 despite knowing that the CBI has registered a case against him.
Demanding that the role of the then CBI director Anil Sinha, Joint Director AP Sharma and IPS officer Harshita Attaluri also be probed for their “complicity” in Mallya’s escape, Surjewala questioned, “why has the CBI changed its stance and why are Modi’s favourite officers from Gujarat AP Sharma and IPS officer Attaluri who downgraded the lookout notice are mum on the issue?”
The Congress also questioned role of the consortium of 17 public sectors banks, especially the management of the State Bank of India (SBI), alleging that senior lawyer Dushyant Dave had advised the consortium to file a petition against Mallya at the highest court of the country demanding seizure of Mallya’s passport, but the consortium allegedly did not pay heed and as a result, Mallya fled the country, leaving public sector banks with outstanding dues of Rs 9,000 crore.