He wrote, "It's now revealed that our FM's silence on the PNB SCAM was to protect his lawyer daughter, who was paid a large retainer by the accused just a month before the SCAM became public".
According to a media report, Jaitley's daughter's firm had a brief association with Geetanjali Gems which was owned by Mehul Choksi. "When other law firms of the accused have been raided by the CBI, why not hers", asked Rahul on Twitter even as the Congress kept up the heat on the Modi government on the $2 billion scam.
Jaitley's son-in-law confirmed this in response to a questionnaire by The Wire. "We therefore felt it appropriate to unilaterally cancel their engagement and return their retainer", Bakhshi told The Wire.
His reference was to a CBI raid, as part of investigations into the PNB scam, on the Mumbai office of law firm Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas which had taken up an assignment just a few weeks before the scam was uncovered. It is clarified that the entire retainer amount received from M/s Geetanjali Gems Ltd has been refunded back by Chambers of Jaitley & Bakhshi.
The CBI examined the documents provided by the firm pertaining to the diamond jeweller Nirav Modi-related mandate, which the company later reportedly terminated after the scam erupted on February 14.
Diamond czar Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi, who, the Congress claims were close to Prime Minister Modi, allegedly defrauded the Punjab National Bank by making the fraudulent transactions worth over Rs 12,700 crore.
Modi, his family and Choksi had left the country in early January.