Narendra Modi’s demonetization initiative is being touted as “karak chai” for the poor and a great inconvenience for the super rich by his camp, but the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjiwal has accused the prime minister of protecting his “corporate friends” by tipping them off ahead of such moves and helping them evade income tax raids.
Kerjiwal accused Modi of protecting his friends and attacking the common man. During a one-day special session of the assembly Kerjiwal said, “bussinessmen pay Prime Minister Modi and in response the prime minister ensures that the income tax department does not conduct raids” on them.
Citing documents that were recovered during raids on Aditya Birla Group offices, Kerjiwal alleged that Modi had been receiving bribes from the group.
“On 15 October 2013, the income tax department conducted raid on Shubendu Amitabh’s house. He was the president of the group executive of Aditya Birla Group. His Blackberry phones, laptop everything was thoroughly checked. They found a ledger entry in his laptop stating that on 16 November 2012, the Gujarat Chief Minister was paid money,” Kerjiwal said.
He told the assembly that it was first time since India’s independence that a sitting prime minister’s name came was found in black money transactions.
Kerjiwal appealed the Indian central government to rollback the demonetization drive which was creating hardships for the “aam admi”. The Delhi government passed a resolution asking the president to withdraw the draconian law, according to the Indian Express.
The Aam Admi Party to which Kerjiwal belongs tweeted a screen shot of the document recovered from Amitabh’s laptop alleging 120 million had been paid to CM Gujrat (Narendra Modi) in 2012 out of a total payment of 250 million.