Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Nirav Modi fleeing the country: CPI

Vastavam web: The Communist Party of India today blamed the Prime Minister’s Office for diamond merchant Nirav Modi fleeing the country and hit out at Narendra Modi for keeping mum on the Rs 11,400-crore Punjab National Bank scam.The party’s general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy said the PM’s silence on such a “big scandal is surprising”.He claimed that in 2016, an individual named Hari Prasad had complained to the PMO about the matter and had requested Nirav Modi’s arrest.

“But no action was taken and Nirav Modi and his family members fled the country in January this year,” he said.About Nirav Modi being part of an Indian delegation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Reddy asked, “Nirav Modi met and got himself photographed with the PM. How did it happen? How could Nirav Modi enter? Who helped him?” Reddy said liquor baron Vijay Mallya and cricket administrator Lalit Modi left the country under similar circumstances and that no one knew if the government was serious about bringing them back to face justice.

He said the BJP claimed to be a party that was “above corruption” but it too faced allegations like the one against the son of the party’s national president and was refusing a transparent inquiry into these allegations.Earlier, releasing the draft of the political resolution of the party to be presented at its meet at Kollam in Kerala in April, Reddy said there was a need to mobilise secular, political and mass organisations to counter the “fascistic offensive” of the Modi government and the RSS.