‘PM’s blue-eyed boy di­luted CBI no­tice’

A.K. Sharma helped Mallya flee: Rahul

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - SPE­CIAL COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi on Satur­day al­leged that a Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) of­fi­cer, whom he termed as a “blueeyed-boy” of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, had weak­ened the agency’s look­out no­tice against fugi­tive busi­ness­man Vi­jay Mallya.

A day af­ter al­leg­ing “it is in­con­ceiv­able that the CBI, in such a high-pro­file, con­tro­ver­sial case, would change a Look Out Cir­cu­lar with­out the ap­proval of the PM,” Mr. Gandhi said A.K. Sharma, a Gu­jarat-cadre of­fi­cer now posted in the CBI, “weak­ened” the case against Mr. Mallya. He added that the of­fi­cer also had a role in the es­cape of di­a­mond mer­chants Ni­rav Modi and Me­hul Choksi.

“CBI Jt. Di­rec­tor, A.K. Sharma weak­ened Mallya's “Look Out” no­tice, al­low­ing Mallya to es­cape. Mr. Sharma, a Gu­jarat cadre of­fi­cer, is the PM’s blue-eyed-boy in the CBI,” Mr. Gandhi tweeted on Satur­day.

“The same of­fi­cer was in charge of Ni­rav Modi & Me­hul Choksi's es­cape plans. Ooops...in­ves­ti­ga­tion!,” the Congress chief added.

The Congress also de­manded an “in­de­pen­dent” probe into all the cases of bank frauds in the past four years. At the party’s of­fi­cial brief­ing, Congress leader Jaiveer Shergill claimed there have been 23,000 bank frauds since the Modi gov­ern­ment as­sumed of­fice in May 2014 and as much as ₹90,000 crore of pub­lic money had been si­phoned off.

The Congress also claimed that the gov­ern­ment’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing agen­cies could no longer be trusted as, at least, 23 peo­ple in­volved in bank­ing frauds had fled the coun­try in the past four years.

Rahul Gandhi said the of­fi­cer also had a hand in the es­cape of Ni­rav Modi.

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