NEW DELHI: Pointing to the needle of suspicion at the fire that broke out at the Income Tax office in Mumbai on Friday, the Congress on Sunday said that the documents destroyed may be that of PNB scam accused Nirav Modi.
Quoting news report that the files on Mr Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi have been destroyed in a major fire at the Income Tax office, the Congress said the related events happened 'in a rather convenient' manner.
The Opposition party also reminded that Mr Modi was photographed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as part of the business delegation, "before he went on the run" after he was named in the largest banking fraud.
"In a rather convenient turn of events, a fire burned papers that the Income Tax Department had on Nirav Modi , the man who was photographed with PM Modi before he went on the run after pulling off the largest banking fraud in India", the Congress tweeted.
A section of media reported that files related to Mr Modi and Mr Choksi along with others wanted for economic crimes, have been destroyed in the fire.
Income Tax department has denied reports that Nirav Modi files have been destroyed in the fire.
News reports appearing in some sections of media alleging that records/documents relating to investigation of Nirav Modi/Mehul Choksi have been destroyed in the Scindia House fire in ITOffice,Mumbai are completely false & misdirected @PMOIndia @FinMinIndia @arunjaitley @adhia03— Income Tax India (@IncomeTaxIndia) June 3, 2018
The fire broke out at the premises of Income Tax office around 1700 hrs on Friday and lasted till early Saturday.