RAHUL’S CHARGES BASELESS, SAYS CBI
‘Mallya not detained for want of proof ’
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday said the allegations made against it by Congress president Rahul Gandhi in the Vijay Mallya case were baseless.
Through his Twitter handle, Mr. Gandhi accused the CBI of having quietly aided Mr. Mallya’s escape by downgrading the Look Out Circular (LOC) against him.
“As has been stated a number of times earlier, the decision to change the LOC against Vijay Mallya was taken because at the time, there was not sufficient grounds for the CBI to detain and arrest him,” said the agency in response to media queries.
Mr. Gandhi had also held the then Joint Director, A.K. Sharma, a Gujarat cadre official, responsible for weakening the LOC, allowing Mr. Mallya to flee.
The CBI said the decision was taken at the appropriate level as part of the process and not individually by the officer as alleged.
The CBI said it had received complaints against diamond merchants Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi from the Punjab National Bank almost a month after they had left the country.
“Therefore, the question of any CBI officer having any hand in their fleeing the country does not arise. Prompt action was taken by the CBI in the case after the complaint was received from the bank,” it said.
The CBI said at the time the case against Mr. Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi was instituted, Mr. Sharma was not the supervisory officer.