War of words were exchanged by the BJP and Congress over Nirav Modi . Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slammed the Congress for defending Nirav Modi when Prasad said : Congress has always tried to save Nirav Modi or Mehul Choksi. Now that he (Nirav Modi) has been arrested and extradition proceedings against him is underway, a Congress member who is a retired judge himself (Abhay Thipsay), is defending him in the court. Nirav Modi’s trial fro extradition is going on in London court.
Showing a photo of Thipsay on the day he joined the Congress, in which senior party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Gehlot, among others were present, Prasad claimed that he was a high profile member of the party.
Reacting strongly to Ravi Shankar Prasad’s charges, former Union I&B Minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari hit back at Prasad for his comments. Addressing a digital press conference, Tewari said that the retired judge appeared in the case in his “personal capacity” and asked Prasad if he takes permission before fighting a case.
“He is a Law Minister. Does any advocate appear for a client before taking permission from his party? How many times did he take permission to fight cases? I will give the answer after that. Ravi Shankar is a senior lawyer. If you depose in a case, you appear in a personal capacity,” Tewari said.
“Have you asked him if he believes in the Congress ideology and becoming an expert witness? … This is an irresponsible act by the Union Minister to divert the attention a big calamity created by the BJP government,” he said.