Congress today demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitly’s resignation alleging that a collusion between Jaitley and fugitive jeweller Mehul Choksi was established. The party has accused that Jaitley’s daughter Sonali Jaitley and son-in-law Jayesh Bakshi’s legal firm deposited money in the bank account of Choksi, after he had fled the country in the wake of multiple complaints of financial frauds registered against him.
Senior Congress leader and Rajasthan Pradesh Congress chief Sachin Pilot has alleged that Sonali and her husband Jayesh had received Rs 24 lakh in December 2017 from Gitanjali Gems Limited, a firm owned by Choksi, to save him from legal actions, through their law firm Chambers of Jaitley and Associates.
However, Pilot charged that after Choksi fled the country, Sonali and Jayesh Bakhshi redeposited the money into Choksi’s account, almost two months later on February 20 this year. Pilot also alleged that Finance Ministry, Enforcement Directorate (ED) including Prime Minister Office (PMO) knew well in advance that Choksi may flee the country, despite that no action was taken.
Referring to the complaints filed against Choksi besides a petition in the Gujarat High Court, Pilot stated that “despite knowing it fully, Jaitley in his capacity of Finance Minister, let Choksi flee the country.” Showing details of the transaction, Pilot questioned why were Finance Minister Jaitley, his daughter and son-in-law were not summoned for the questioning by agencies such as CBI/ED?