Congress demanded judicial investigation into business interests of Piyush Goyal

Vastavam web: The Congress today demanded the immediate sacking of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, alleging that his family has business interests in companies that are in default.It demanded a judicial investigation by a sitting Supreme Court judge to see if there was conflict of interest.Congress leader Pawan Khera said at a press conference that while Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks of probity, he is silent on Goyal’s family investments, which “have not been made public” by him despite holding a public position.

“The truth is that position of Piyush Goyal stands compromised leaving it untenable for him to continue as a Union Cabinet Minister. He should be forthwith sacked and a judicial investigation be ordered through a sitting Supreme Court Judge,” he told reporters..The Congress leader alleged that layers of common corporate ownership, unprecedented rise in profits and earnings and similar pattern of other companies owned by another business family, now referred to NCLT for disputes resolution/haircut of loans as also commonality of interest with Piyush Goyal and family are being revealed.

In a statement issued by the BJP last week after similar allegations were levelled against him with regard to Shirdi industries, Goyal had asserted that there has been “absolutely no wrongdoing or irregularity” on his part as he gave out details of the transactions, being used by the Congress to target him.He had termed the entire issue as another episode of the Congress’ “spit and run?” politics to divert attention from main issues relating to the common man.The “malicious statement” by the Congress party is factually misleading and makes incorrect conclusions with false and defamatory statements and it is full of factual inaccuracies, mix up of dates and allude to events with no relevance his brief association with Shirdi Industries Ltd, he had said.

“Why has Shri Piyush Goyal not explained the nature of business relationship and common business interests in the 11 companies named,” he asked, alleging that whenever Piyush Goyal or his family resigned as directors of these companies, they have been replaced by the same set of people.