Narendra Modi led NDA government counts the unprecedented success of its efforts to extradite fugitive offenders, wanted in various financial cases in India, from foreign shores, among its accomplishments. The success in Vijay Mallya’s extradition from England became a trophy in view of tough extradition laws in the UK.
Now, similar success is expected with Nirav Modi as well. Incidentally, yesterday, on March 29, he was denied bail for the second time by the West Minister Magistrate’s court in London.
Curiously, when the Enforcement Directorate (ED) officer, in charge of Nirav Modi case, was taking part in the bail hearing process in the London court, there was a buzz that he was abruptly divested of the charge.
Special Director of ED’s Mumbai zonal unit-1 issued an order relieving Joint Director Satyabrat Kumar from the responsibility, reports said. However, within hours, a statement appeared on ED’s official Twitter handle saying the news was false.
What’s going on? An attempt to create a la CBI tussle narrative to imply that Narendra Modi-led government is trying to botch up Nirav Modi case to save him?
Remember how there was an attempt to build up a narrative in favour of the dismissed CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma. Though he was trying to obstruct procedures against high profile individuals by targeting Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana, Alok Kumar had succeeded in raising doubts about Asthana’s integrity in people’s minds. But latter it came to light that it was Asthana who meticulously built water tight cases against Vijay Malya, wanted in Rs 9,000 bank default case, and Christian Michel, wanted in Augusta Westland bribery case.
Now, is similar game is being played out to tarnish Enforcement Directorate and deny the credit of catching Nirav Modi to the NDA government?
Look, who is peddling the the transfer narrative.