Govt sleeping while Chhota Modi looted crores: Cong
New Delhi: Charging the government at the Centre, which is led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of, 'inaction' against Nirav Modi despite evidences that are available in the public domain, the Congress on Friday questioned as to what was stopping the NDA government from taking action against the fugitive diamond merchant.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, party's national spokesperson Pawan Khera said, "Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who claims himself as 'Desh ka Chowkidar', and his government slept and snoozed while Chhota Modi (Nirav Modi) looted crores, fled the country, posed with the PM, globe-trotted the world, opened a new diamond business in London which have a Panama Papers Connection."
"It's a very simple question for the government as if the Congress can expose this entire chain of events, why the same cannot be done by premier investigative agencies of the Modi government even after 14 months of his escape?" Khera asked.
"Nirav Modi, who escaped the country in January 2018, travelled the world until November 2018. Even after his passport was revoked in February 2018, he travelled to at least six countries -- UK, UAE, Hong Kong, France and Germany," the Congress leader said.
Exposing Nirav Modi's new ventures, the Congress leader said, "The evidences now establish that Nirav Modi opened a new company called 'Diamond Holdings' in the UK on May 24, 2018."
According to official documents, Diamond Holdings deals with wholesale of watches and jewellery, retail sales of watches and jewellery in specialised stores and specialised design activities, he said.
As per the documents, the fugitive diamond merchant is currently living in Centre Point apartment tower on Companies House and the registered address of the company is 4th floor, Scottish Provident House, 76/80 College Road, Harrow.
"According to the title deeds, the apartment was shockingly bought for £7.95 million in cash on January 5, 2018, which make it clear that Nirav Modi had fled on January 1, 2018, with almost £8 million in cash," he said.
Interestingly, on January 23, 2018, PMO, PIB and MEA had tweeted a photo of a business delegation comprising of Nirav Modi and others with Prime Minister.