A joint parliamentary committee should be allowed and a thorough investigation should take place into Adani issue, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demanded in Mumbai on Thursday.
Talking to presspersons, Gandhi said prominent global financial newspapers have raised very important questions about Adani's stocks. “These newspapers affect investment in India and the perception of India in the rest of the world.” Gandhi added that the G20 Summit is about India's position in the world and it is very important that there is a level playing field and transparency in India’s economic environment.
"The first question arises - whose money is this? Is it Adani's or someone else's? The mastermind behind this is a gentleman called Vinod Adani who is the brother of Gautam Adani. There are two other people who are involved in this round-tripping of money. One is a gentleman called Nasir Ali Shaban Ahli and another is a Chinese gentleman called Chang Chung Ling. So, the second question arises - why are these two foreign nationals being allowed to play with the valuation of one of the companies that controls almost all of Indian infrastructure," ANI reported quoting Rahul Gandhi.
The Congress leader said ahead of the G20 meet, India's reputation is at stake and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should get it investigated. Gandhi questioned why is the prime minister silent on the issue. Rahul Gandhi charged that there was a SEBI probe against Adani but clean chit was given to him; “Very clear something is wrong here,” Gandhi said.
The Adani Group on Thursday vehemently dismissed the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)'s allegations that hundreds of millions of dollars were invested in publicly traded group stocks through Mauritius-based 'opaque' investment funds managed by partners of the promoter family.
The fresh allegations by OCCRP, which is funded by George Soros and Rockefeller Brothers Fund, come seven months after US-based short seller Hindenburg Research wiped away close to $150 billion in value of Adani Group stocks with explosive allegations. The conglomerate has denied all Hindenburg allegations.