Congress calls Jaitley’s “clean chit” to Raje’s son a “cover-up”

Congress on Monday attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Lalit Modi controversy over his alleged "clean chit" to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the former IPL boss.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 22, 2015 8:44 pm
Lalit Modi controversy, arun jaitley, vasundhara raje, congress, lalit modi row, dushyant raje, sushma swaraj, gulam nabi azad Senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Jai Ram Ramesh addressing media at party office in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: PTI)

Congress on Monday attacked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Lalit Modi controversy over his alleged “clean chit” to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son and the former IPL boss, terming it as a “clear-cut cover-up” but stopped short of seeking his resignation.

“It is a clear-cut cover-up. We charge the Finance Minister with influencing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) probe in Raje’s son Dushyant Singh and Lalit Modi’s case,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said while addressing a joint press conference with former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Azad wondered as to what made the Finance Minister give a “clean chit” to Vasundhara Raje’s son and Lalit Modi, when the ED, which comes under his ministry, was probing these “shady transactions” of converting “ill-gotten black money”.

Asked why Congress was not demanding resignation of the Finance Minister for the alleged cover-up, he said, Congress was waiting for the response from the Prime Minister as he had maintained silence on the matter so far.

“We will reveal our strategy after hearing what the Prime Minister says. Let us see what he says,” Azad said, adding the earlier the PM speaks it would be better for him as the issue could lead to resignation of several people and bring half of the Union Council of Ministers under cloud of suspicion”.

He asked Jaitley, who is also Leader of the Rajya Sabha, how he could describe as “commercial transaction” the Rs 11 crore dealing between Dushyant and Lalit Modi. “Why he is giving clean chit to Vasundhara Raje and her son?”

This was because Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain has told Delhi High Court on January 6 that ED has already initiated action through an “open and general investigation” and it will be taken to its logical conclusion, Azad said.

“Does it mean that ED investigations have been summarily closed against Raje’s family by the Finance Ministry? Has the Finance Minister not prejudiced and prejudged the issue proving the complicity of BJP leadership in these black money dealings?” Azad said posing five questions to Prime Minister.

Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, Ramesh said it was time Narendra Modi gets up from “Nidrasan” (Sleep) and say something. “Everyday new scandals are being exposed and yet PM is silent on this. So isn’t PM party to all this?” Azad asked.

Speaking separately, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma rejected Jaitley’s “commercial transaction” argument.

He asked the Finance Minister how could “re-routing of laundered money from a tax haven for purported investment in a company at an inflated share price of 9000 times be seen as a normal transaction”.

“Jaitley needs to be reminded that in the past as Leader of the Opposition he had demanded action against a UPA minister when only a shadow was there. He had insisted action even when no allegations were substantiated,” Sharma said.

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  1. S
    Jun 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm
    Comedians may change their hair style and nose style but the comedy remains the same. After Chidambaram, Ramesh is the second best comedian in the party and he will not rest in peace till all abuses against Modi are exhausted. He has tried his comedy hand in Yoga also. He recomends Rahulasana to start with and if you want lasting relief he recommends Soniasana and Sonia Namaskar. Some people may take our national comedians seriously also. Good for them.
    1. S
      Jun 22, 2015 at 8:59 pm
      There are now more number of unemplo leaders in the Congress than the cadres. They are fully using their full time to target none other than the PM who is leading a majority government after decades of congress misrule blaming every lapse on coalition dharma. They are happy that their faces are shown in TV and names are coming in the print media. Since they have exhausted everything on earth, they have started personal abuse. It is the sign of frustration and weakness leading towards natural death. Hope they attain Mukhth.
      1. उर्मिला.अशोक.शहा
        Jun 23, 2015 at 8:12 am
        vande mataram- vecant mind worst enemy this is what happen with congres leaders main problem is that they are without power like jal bin machali and that is why digging the graves for nothing is their business ja g te r ho