In Wake of PNB Scam, Goldman Sachs Slashes India's Growth Forecast

Mehul Choksi

Mehul Choksi

In a latest development in PNB scam, diamond czar Nirav Modi's partner Mehul Choksi has again written letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) saying that he can not join the investigation as his passport remains suspended.

The agency had asked him to appear before it for questioning in connection with first FIR in which Choksi is named as an accused along with his nephew Nirav Modi, Ami Modi, Nishal Modi.

Goldman, which forecasts the Indian economy to grow at 6.6 per cent in the current fiscal year which ends in March, said it retained its 2019-20 growth forecast at 8.3 per cent.

The Gitanjali Gems owner also said his passport was still suspended and he had not received any communication from the passport authorities.

As news agency ANI has reported, Choksi has written, " I reiterate that I am overseas & have earlier also responded to your notices. The threat to me and my family continues, and I'm still being threatened by individuals with whom I had business relationships. ".Requiring me to join investigation, though leaving me helpless and information-less, by various actions taken by multiple agencies, is unfair", Choksi said. In a letter, Choksi said that he was "extremely held up" with business overseas and would not be able to travel to India. "The manner in which the allegations have been exaggerated has left me completely defenceless". The CBI said that Jindal who worked with PNB's Brady House branch, between 2009-2011 was "suspended in February 2018 pending inquiries consequent to breakout of the present scam".

He further argued that the investigation conducted so far goes to show that during the tenure of this accused in Mumbai, several Letters of Undertakings (LoUs) were issued on behalf of the group firms of Nirav Modi.

Earlier also he has written to letter to investigating agency stating that he is not in a position to travel due to "health condition".

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