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PNB fraud case: Abhishek Singhvi threatens to file defamation case against Nirmala Sitharaman

By Deepika

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Saturday hit back at Nirmala Sitharaman saying that he will file a defamation suit against her for the accusations against him in relation to the Punjab National Bank fraud case.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi

"Nirmala Sitharaman and her colleagues are liable to civil and criminal defamation for making ignorant and patently false allegations," Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said according to ANI.

"Neither my wife, sons nor me have anything whatsoever to do with Gitanjali or Nirav Modi's companies. The company was a tenant of a Kamala Mills properties owned by Adwait Holdings in which my wife and sons are directors," he added.

"Adwait Holding owns a commercial property at Lower Parel, as it does elsewhere, which was rented by Firestone many years ago. Neither Adwait nor my family has any interest with Nirav Modi or Firestone. Firestone vacated Parel's Kamala Mills premises in December 2017," Singhvi further explained.

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday sought to put the blame for the PNB scam squarely on the Congress and the UPA government, alleging that the family of Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had business dealings with prime accused Nirav Modi.

"Fire Star Diamond International Pvt Ltd. is one of the companies of Nirav Modi. They have acquired it from Advait Holdings and one of the shareholders of it, since 2002, is Anita Singhvi (senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi's wife)," she said. "The property of Adwait Holdings Pvt Ltd, whose directors are Anita Singhvi and Avishkar Singhvi, is rented to Nirav Modi's jewellery company in Mumbai. Both companies have also done loan transactions. Despite the clear link with them, Congress party has the audacity to point fingers at BJP!," she claimed.

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