Modi-govt buying crude oil from fugitives, a Cong exposure

Kashmir Times. Dated: 10/12/2021 11:16:40 AM

NEW DELHI, Oct 11: The Congress on Monday exposed the Modi Government for helping the economic offenders run away from the country swallowing Rs 15,000 crore of the public sector banks and now the government importing goods and services from the same fugitives.

Its spokesman Gourav Vallabh told a Press conference that the government oil companies have been buying crude oil from the Sandesra Group that fled from India in October 2017 by setting up Seepco in Nigeria, where all four directors of the group are holed up.

This is the new modus operandi of the government's economic policy in which it exports the fugitives (Bhagode) and then do business with the same fugitives instead of bringing them back to India to face the law of the land, he said, noting that the government believes in letting its friends fleece the public sector banks, help them to run away from the country and then help to establish their business abroad by buying goods from them.

He released a bunch of documents to show how the government is promoting the directors of Sandesra Group by buying the crude oil from them. The documents show that between January 1, 2018 and May 31, 2020, the oil companies bought the crude oil worth Rs 5701 crore from Seepco and the dealing between they still continues despite a special court declaring all four directors of Sandesra Group -- Nitin, Chetan and Deepti Sandesara and Hitesh Narendra Bhai Patel -- as the economic offenders in September 2020

Gourav also released a document that shows a ship carrying the company's latest supply of the crude oil will land at the Paradip Port on November 1. He wondered whether the Enforcement Directorate will seize the supply as soon as it lands.

He said the recently released Pandora Papers also show that Sandesra group had founded six offshore shell companies between November 2017 and October 2018.



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