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MEA must reply on Nirav Modi's travel spree using revoked passport

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday accused of protecting in the (PNB) fraud case and sought a reply from on the absconding diamantaire's using a revoked passport.

"Even as the Government has been caught snoozing, Chhota Modi-2 i.e 'Nirav Modi, the absconding accused in India's 'biggest bank loot scam' is on a using a 'revoked passport' by the Ministry of External Affairs," said former Union

Dubbing the government a mute spectator, he sought a reply from MEA on how managed to travel using a revoked passport.

Nirav Modi, his wife, brother and uncle fled the country before the PNB complained against their companies, saying it had been cheated through fraudulent issue of Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs).

The has written a letter to investigative agencies stating that despite the revocation of his passport, travelled three countries on four different dates - March 15, March 28, March 30 and March 31, Shukla disclosed.

Shukla said: "On February 24, the MEA revoked the passports of Nirav Modi, promoter of Gitanjali Group, after he failed to respond to a February 16 notice issued by the Ministry, asking them to showcause why their passports should not be impounded or revoked."

"The says that Nirav Modi travelled using Indian passport, post his 'revocation' - and then how did the Immigration authorities and exit points remain unaware of this.

"Now it is crystal clear that Modi is saving another Modi! Now the question is, whether one Modi is supporting the other," he said.

He pointed that Nirav Modi fled on January 1, and was then seen in a group photograph with during from January 23 to 26.

"The MEA only revoked his passport on February 24. Why did it take 54 days to revoke his passport? Was the aiding and abetting the escape of Nirav Modi and facilitating his escape to the farthest point from India's shores," he asked.

"While the gives 'fitness lessons' on social Media, it is business as usual, for fraudsters like Nirav Modi."

Shukla also said people are scared to keep their money in banks. "There has been a sharp decline over the last financial year in monthly receipts from small savings schemes, including in public provident funds, according to the latest RBI data," he said.



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First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 00:01 IST