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Cong accuses govt of allowing Nirav, Choksi flee despite knowing their 'dirty dealings'

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

The on Monday accused the of not acting against and his uncle despite having information of their "dirty dealings".

alleged that Narendra and allowed the jewellers to flee the country.

and are being pursued by central investigation agencies in connection with the multi-crore fraud case. The accused left this January, a few weeks before the scam came to light.

"and were aware about dirty dealings amounting to Rs 26,306 crore of fraudsters and eight months prior to their flying abroad, but it (the government) did not act," Surjewala said at a press conference here.

Citing a 10,000-page report of the Income Tax department, he said it had finalised the report on June 8, 2017 but it was not shared with the

Surjewala claimed that the probe agencies of the were aware of their scam since January 2015.

"This is the plain and simple reason why the of Direct Taxes, Shri Sushil Chandra was given two extensions by the Modi government," he alleged.

He repeated the charge that the Finance Minister's daughter and son-in-law, both lawyers, received a retainership from Choksi.

However, Jaitley's son-in-has issued a statement stating that his firm had returned the retainership the moment they came to know that the company was involved in a scam.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 22:55 IST