New Delhi, Mar 9 : Under attack for allegedly not taking adequate steps to get fugitive businessman Nirav Modi back in India, the ruling BJP on Saturday said the diamantaire did all his fraudulent deals in 2011 under UPA.
"Nirav Modi’s fraud to cheat the banks started in 2011 when UPA government was in power. It was detected and exposed during the Modi government," BJP's official Twitter handle said in a missive.
In a series of tweets, the saffron party said - "Many of these who cheated India during the UPA government have been brought back and are in custody. Others will follow. They are living the life of fugitives and refugees".
In Jaipur, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said - "Nirav Modi and Congress have very old nexus. On September 13, 2013, Rahul Gandhi attended one function organised at Nirav Modi's Gitanjali firm and next day Allahabad Bank disbursed gave away Rs 1,550 crore loan".
In another tweet, the ruling party said - "When was the facility of second restructuring of bank loans given to Mallya? under UPA government. Ulta Chor Chowkidar Ko Dante."
"None who cheats India can get away under the Modi government," the missive asserted.
It also said - The offender was declared a fugitive, assets seized, illegal house blown up, businesses closed. "Criminal cases filed, tax evasion, PMLA & Criminal fraud actions being pursued by our agencies".
Earlier in the day taking cognizance of media reports of Nirav Modi being spotted in London, the principal opposition Congress had slammed the BJP and the Modi government.
MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar answering questions said the government is certainly taking all steps to extradite Nirav Modi from the UK and also asserted that the extradition request made to the UK shows that Indian government was aware where he is.
He, however, clarified, "....Just because he has been spotted, does not mean that he can be brought back to India". "There is a process....We have made a request and it is for the UK government now to consider the request," Mr Kumar said. (UNI)