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Congress accuses Narendra Modi of protecting Nirav Modi

New Delhi, June 14: The Congress on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of protecting Nirav Modi in the Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case and sought a reply from Ministry of External Affairs on the absconding diamantaire’s travel spree using a revoked passport. “Even as the Modi Government has been caught snoozing, Chhota Modi-2 i.e ‘Nirav Modi, the absconding accused in India’s ‘Biggest bank loot scam’ is on a travel spree using a ‘revoked passport’ by the Ministry of External Affairs,” said former Union Minister Rajeev Shukla. Nirav Modi, his wife, brother and uncle fled the country before the PNB complained against their companies, saying it had been cheated through fraudulent issue of Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) and Foreign Letters of Credit (FLCs). The Interpol has written a letter to investigative agencies stating that despite the revocation of his passport, Nirav Modi travelled three countries on four different dates – March 15, March 28, March 30 and March 31, Shukla disclosed. “The Interpol says that Nirav Modi travelled using Indian passport, post his ‘revocation’ – and then how did the Immigration authorities and exit points remain unaware of this. (IANS)