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Govt had evidence against Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi but allowed them to flee: Rahul

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

on Monday alleged that the government had evidence to arrest and his uncle months before they fled the country but did not do so as Minister Arun Jaitley's daughter was hired as Choksi's

He also demanded Jaitley's resignation.

"8 months before they were allowed to flee, the IT department wrote a 10,000 page report on Chota & Choksi's massive fraud," Gandhi said on

"Govt had evidence to arrest them. But didn't because FM Jaitlie's (sic) daughter was hired as Choksi's lawyer," Gandhi said, adding that the minister must resign.

With his tweet, Gandhi tagged a media report which claimed that IT report waved red flags eight months before the PNB scam broke, but was not shared with other agencies.

No immediate reaction from the government was available, but both the government and Jaitley have rejected all such allegations in the past.

Earlier Monday, Congress's also alleged that Narendra and Minister Jaitley 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 Finance Minister 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 in

Citing the 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. 23:30 IST