NEW DELHI: Based on the Right to Information response of the Reserve Bank of India, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday accused the Centre of trying to hide the names of the “friends of the BJP” who are among the defaulters. Gandhi’s question on the top 50 bank defaulters had gone unanswered in the last session of Parliament.

“I asked a simple question in Parliament — tell me the names of 50 biggest bank scammers. Finance minister refused to reply. Now RBI has put names of Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and other BJP friends in the list. This is why they hid the truth from parliament,” Gandhi tweeted in Hindi along with a video of him asking the question in the Lok Sabha.

Gandhi entered the ring soon after the RBI responded to an RTI application filed by activist Saket Gokhale. In the response, the central bank listed the top 50 “wilful defaulters” accused of defrauding Indian banks and loans taken by them that were written off.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala released the copy of the RBI reply at a press conference. He alleged that the Centre was writing off crores of rupees as bad loans while not even releasing a Covid-19 relief and rehabilitation package for states, GST share of states or adding to the funds for the poor.

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