Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday attacked the Congress after fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi was tracked and confronted by a foreign media channel in a busy street in London.
"Congress was happy to see Nirav Modi on TV "Our ladla is living well'. I am giving a warning, this is Modi government, not Congress government, each and every of fugitives who has looted India, Modi government is bringing back.
"Michel was extradited to India. Michel had full protection during Congress government. Deepak Talwar and Rajiv Saxena were also brought back. Vijay Mallya's extradition is well on its way from happening. We have asked for Nirav Modi's extradition too.
"People ask us how the thieves fled away. When the Congress government was in power these people were not afraid of anything, after Modi came, the fraudsters were scared of him. Hence after allowing the thieves to loot and flee, Congress questioning us is like utla chor Chowkidaar ko daate.
"We have made laws to bring back fugitives. Nirav Modi's bungalow was decimated. Eleven of his properties were seized. In Hong Kong, property worth of Rs 250 crores has been seized.Several properties have also been seized in India.
"Modi government is committed that fugitives wil be punished and also those who helped them. We wil also find out about the link between Congress and Nirav Modi. What is Ashok Chavan's connection to him as he inaugurated several of his stores. They helped Nirav Modi loot and protected him," he said.
According to the news channel's report , Nirav Modi occupies a three bedroom flat in a chic street in Central London with views spanning across the city. The report says the rent for a property like that would be approximately $17,000 a month.
A two-minute video of the street encounter posted on Twitter provided the first visuals of Nirav, 48, in the British capital since he fled India early last year. In the clip, he refused to answer whether he had applied for political asylum in the UK..