Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that people in the government had prior knowledge of the Rs 11,300 crore scam PNB fraud and held Prime Minister Narendra Modi responsible for "destroying" the financial system of the country.
"This Rs 22,000 Crore scam cannot have been done without a high-level protection. It must have been known by the people in government beforehand otherwise it is not possible. PM will have to come forward and answer questions," said Gandhi.
"The PM needs to explain why his office sat on a complaint on the huge amount of laundering happening at PNB. The bulk of transactions, around 90%, happened right under his nose. Modi government refuses to accept responsibility for its failings," Gandhi said.
"This Govt constantly refuses to accept responsibility. Instead of spending an hour and a half explaining to little kids how to take exams he should explain to the people of India what is going to be done to this Mr Nirav Modi and what is he going to do to make sure that the banking system is safe," he added.
"The Prime Minister through his actions has destroyed the financial system of this country. He has taken money from people's pockets and put it into the banking sector. And now his friends and cronies are stealing it from the banking sector," he said.
Gandhi said that the BJP is trying to divert the attention from the issue by pinning it on Congress and the UPA tenure.
On Friday, Rahul had alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi 'facilitated' the escape of not only Nirav Modi, but also cricket administrator and IPL czar Lalit Modi from India.