The arrest of the controversial billionaire, Nirav Modi has raised more questions than praises from the opposition. The frequently asked questions are how he managed to leave India in the first place followed by the doubts regarding the timing of the action just before the Lok Sabha elections.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi claimed that BJP deserves no credit for the arrest of the PNB scam accused. “Ye achievement hai? Jaane kisne diya tha?” she asked. Senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad bluntly attacked the party saying that saying BJP had only helped Nirav Modi flee the country. He added that the party has only brought him back for the elections and will send him back after the elections.
The 48-year-old diamantaire was arrested in London on Tuesday and has been remanded in police custody till March 29th, after the court rejected his bail plea. The court claimed there were substantial grounds to believe that he may not surrender if bail is granted.
Back in August 2018, India had asked Britain in August to deport Nirav Modi, who is one of the main suspects charged in the Rs 13,500 crore loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB), the biggest banking fraud in the nation.
West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee called the arrest as BJP’s game plan ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
While addressing the media at the state secretariat, she said that the full credit goes to the journalist of The Telegraph in London who tracked him there roaming on the streets. She called the situation “fishy” and expressed her wish to know the situation behind the curtains and believed that people will not give BJP credit for this because the expiry date is over.
Meanwhile, Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Hardeep Singh Puri, called the arrest as an achievement for PM Modi.
Puri took to Twitter to express his joy:
"You can run, but cannot hide from the country's Chowkidar,”
Former J&K CM, Omar Abdullah too took Twitter to express his thoughts:
“It’s amusing to see the BJP falling over itself to credit the PM with the Nirav Modi arrest while completely ignoring the fact that it was The Telegraph of London & it’s correspondent who found Nirav Modi, not the PM & his agencies.”
“It takes a special kind of hubris to roam around Oxford Street without a care in the world the way Nirav Modi was. It’s no wonder it caught up with him,”