The war of CDs heated up on Monday, with the Congress releasing one purportedly showing Narendra Modi in pictures with one Afroz Fatta, arrested in connection with a R1000-crore hawala racket, and dared the BJP PM candidate to submit himself to an independent probe.
Claiming Fatta to be a "well known BJP supporter and a protege of Modi", party spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters that he was arrested by the Enforcement Direcotrate of Ahmedabad and Surat which unearthed a major hawala racket after carrying out a raid at his residence.
The CD was brought out a day after BJP released a video CD targeting Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi and husband of Priyanka Gandhi, over his alleged land deals.
The Congress has already dismissed the charges as trash.
Maintaining that the racket, according to the ED, exceeds R1,000 crore and can extend to R5,000 crore and the transaction of underworld money through the hawala route is suspected, Surjewala posed a number of questions. "What is the nature of relationship, connection and protection offered by Modi to Fatta, the alleged hawala kingpin who features in a number of photos along with the Gujarat CM in various social and political functions? he asked.
He said the pictures of Fatta on the website of Modi holding meetings in the CM's office, as also on the website of Gujarat BJP, reflect a relationship of proximity that needs to be examined. "Whether Narendra Modi will agree to submit himself to an independent probe through an agency outside Gujarat to determine his connection or absence thereof in this hawala racket of great magnitude... If he has nothing to hide, he should submit himself to an independent probe," Surjewala said. Wondering whose money running into R1,000 crore or more was being transmitted through the racket, Surejwala said there is a need to find out in what shape and what purpose this money was being brought back in India and put to what use.