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What's stopping NDA from initiating action against Nirav Modi, asks Cong

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Friday accused the government of not acting against fugitive diamantaire despite having evidence and asked what was stopping the NDA from initiating action.

said the country's watchman is asleep and is snoozing while is globe-trotting and opening new companies in and elsewhere after fleeing from the country.

"Today is 'world sleep day', as the party shall expose how Modi i.e., 'desh ka chowkidar' and his government slept and snoozed while 'chhota Modi' i.e., looted crores, fled the country, posed with the prime minister, globe trotted the world, opened a new diamond business in which have a Panama Papers connection.

"Simple question is - If the party can expose this entire chain of events trace this trail, why did the CBI, ED, and other investigative agencies of the could not do it after 14 months of his escape," he asked.

The Congress also alleged a clear cut case of criminal complacency, complicity and connivance by with economic offenders like Nirav Modi.

"If all these linkages, connection and nexuses could be traced by the Congress party based on information in public domain, then what prevents the to connect the dots and take action against India's most wanted - chhota Modi - Nirav Modi," he asked.

Khera alleged that since the time his passport was revoked, as claimed by the Ministry of External Affairs, Nirav Modi has travelled to at least six countries which includes the UK, the UAE, Hong Kong, and

According to Interpol, India's 'most wanted economic offender' Nirav Modi travelled on March 15, March 28, March 30 and March 31. On March 31, after staying at in and took a flight to

One of the countries he visited between February and November 2018 was where he had applied for asylum, Khera said, and asked, "How could Nirav Modi travel the world after his Indian passport was revoked? On June 28, 2018, Modi government's MEA gave a lameduck excuse that Nirav Modi's passport was 'revoked' but not 'physically cancelled'."

He alleged that the red corner notice by against Rs 26,306 crore scam accused economic fugitive was only issued on July 2, 2018 - exactly seven months after his "great escape".

"Why did Modi government's CBI/ED/SFIO/Immigration agencies slept on the notice? Is it not a criminal delay," he asked.

Khera also alleged that fresh evidences now expose that Nirav Modi opened a new company called in the UK on May 24, 2018. Intriguingly, this carries the same address of Nirav Modi's chartered accountants, whose names appear in the Panama Papers investigation of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 21:05 IST