In the last few years, the Congress party has held the Modi government responsible for the Nirav Modi episode despite the fact the scam took place during the UPA regime. Moreover, when the government was making the best efforts to extradite the fugitive, many Congress leaders were trying to save him with statements in his support in the UK court, while in India, Congress was blaming the Modi government for the delay in extradition.
Abhay Thipsay, a former Bombay and Allahabad High Court Judge and Congress leader testified in favour of Nirav Modi in front of a London court. Thipsay – a former Judge, with explicit political inclinations clouding his judgments during his active career as a jurist, joined the Congress party in 2018. He is known to be a close confidant of former, and presumably future Congress President, Rahul Gandhi.
The UK court, while permitting the extradition of Nirav Modi, came down heavily on Thipsay, who never disclosed his Congress party affiliations in the court. Thipsay “never disclosed his party-political affiliation” or “any potential conflict of interests”, the court observed in its judgment.
UK court, which permitted extradition of Nirav Modi, is scathing against Congress party's Abhay Thipsay, former HC judge.
In giving testimony in favour of Nirav Modi, Thipsay "never disclosed his party-political affiliation" or "any potential conflict of interests".
— Kartikeya Tanna (@KartikeyaTanna) February 25, 2021
Thipsay, appearing as an expert witness for Nirav Modi (voluntarily so), argued that the charges slapped by the CBI and ED against the fugitive would hold no water in Indian courts. He also told the London Court, via a video link, that certain statements of the police, as well as the definition of ‘deception’ will be “inadmissible” in Indian courts.
Nirav Modi had fled India in early 2018, after his role in the Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank scam came to the fore in 2017. He had done so by fraudulently obtaining LoUs from PNB, and then laundering the proceeds using multiple dummy companies based out of India. The charges filed against Nirav include those of criminal conspiracy, cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.
Ironically, the same Congress party, whose member has now been exposed, trying his best to save the absconding fugitive, has been hounding the Modi government for ‘helping’ Nirav Modi escape. They have further, from time to time, alleged that Nirav Modi and the Prime Minister, in fact, share cordial relations. They even tried to prove using a photograph in which the two are seen sharing the frame, along with a multitude of other Industrialists.
PM Modi wouldn’t even have been aware of the presence of Nirav Modi in the photograph. Yet, Rahul Gandhi has repeatedly insinuated that the BJP government extended its support to Nirav in defrauding a national bank, and then fleeing the country.
Rahul Gandhi had gone to the extent of suggesting that all those who loot India somehow have the surname ‘Modi’ attached to their name.
Given the fact that Nirav Modi is set to be extradited to India, he will certainly reveal how he and his associate pulled out one of the biggest scams of the country. And, scams of this proportion couldn’t have been pulled off without strong political connections, therefore, the name of many leaders who helped him would come out in public.