Addressing a panorama of issues, Prime Minister Modi during his first interview of 2019 ensured the return of economic offenders like Nirav Modi, Choksi and Vijay Mallya, further emphasising that those who have fled will be brought back and emphasised on the issue of black money.
He said, "Why did they need to flee after all. Had there been governments like earlier, same dostana would have continued, lootna hai, looto, khana hai, khate chalo, they would have no need to flee. They had to flee because they would have to adhere to the laws here. They had to return every penny."
"Those who have fled, there are international laws to bring them back. Those are being implemented. For such fugitives, we have made stringent laws. Seizure of property is happening even in foreign countries. Therefore, we are using all tools available with the government. I am confident, that those who have fled the country earlier, they have not returned. But those who fled during this government, they will be brought back, today or tomorrow," he added.
He opened about the various legal means that the government is leveraging on to bring these economic offenders back to country. PM Modi also addressed black money as a stringent concern, assuring to bring it to back too.
He said, "Diplomatic channels, legal courses and seizure of properties through legal means are being implemented. Those who have stolen India’s money, they will have to compensate for each and every penny. For the first time in the first G20 that I attended as PM, the issue of black money and banking havens was raised by me. It was recognised as a serious cause of concern, also considered a source of terror funding. Countries were in agreement to share information of such bank accounts. We have entered into agreements with various countries. After 2019, we will get real time information from different countries. So black money will be brought back."
Speaking of financial irregularities, PM Modi addressed Robert Vadhra, the Gandhi dynasty and the scams affiliated to these names.
He said, "Those who are on bail, can do it but it is a fact that those considered first family, who ran the country for four generations, are out on bail, that too for financial irregularities. It is a big thing. A set of people, who are at their service, are trying to suppress such information and push other narratives. The country’s former FM is making rounds of courts. It is not a small thing. I am not in favour of such a thing that anybody should face problems just because you are our political rival. We are not in favour of that (when asked whether there was any vendetta.) Whatever judgement court gives, we will accept but there should not be delay."
"The country has belief that so much has happened in 5 years that is why they have so much faith in Modi," he added.