RAHUL’S CHARGES BASE­LESS, SAYS CBI

‘Mallya not de­tained for want of proof ’

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

Rahul Gandhi

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