In the last week of June, India’s premier spy agency RAW’s agents in London alerted the agencies in Delhi about the presence of Solicitor General (SG) Ranjit Kumar in a party with fugitive Vijay Mallya. Ranjit Kumar, the second top most law officer of the country was seen mingling with Mallya, wanted by the Cetral Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The party was hosted by a controversial rice exporting firm Amira Nature Foods head Karan Chanana at his mansion in Wilson Crescent. The party was hosted to felicitate schmoozer lobbyist Suhel Seth. The size of the party was around 70 high flyers from the Delhi – London – Dubai circuit.
Ranjit Kumar was in London as the courts in India were closed due to vacation and to visit some of his family members settled in London. Some well wishers of PGurus in London told us that Mallya and Ranjit Kumar were engaged in a serious conversation for a long time at the high spirited party hosted by Chanana.
Is it ethical for the SG who represents the CBI and ED in Supreme Court and High Court to entertain Mallya, who is evading from these probe agencies? These types of parties are deal making points where all sort of lobbyists, fixers land to cash in their favours. Is it not an embarrassment to the investigators, government and courts which sent Letters Rogatory (LR) to London to catch Mallya?
During the same period, Mallya’s presence has put the UK High Commissioner Navtej Sarna in a controversy for which the Minister of External Affairs had to give a clarification. According to the Government, Sarna was caught in a book release of Suhel Seth, while Mallya “gate-crashed.”
Engaging with Mallya by the Solicitor General of India at a party is more serious, in our opinion. Whatever be the reason for the meeting, it is a question of the optics… Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi take a call on such behaviour by the top officers of the Government?
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