Surat, Feb 24: Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi who looted and scooted crores are not the sufferers in the 11,400 crore mega scam. The real sufferers are the humble employees who are not getting their salaries since last two months. eThe employees of diamond merchant Nirav Modi’s firms, located in the special economic zone (SEZ) in Surat , staged a protest on Friday, demanding the payment of their salaries.
The firms were unable to pay them after their bank accounts were frozen by Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the alleged Rs11,400 PNB fraud.
According to a report in India Today, Choksi admits that indeed the situation has turn grave with recent false allegations levelled against him of defrauding PNB and the media frenzy.
"The justice that I deserve is far off as it shall take time to prove my innocence, and the future seems uncertain," Choksi further wrote. "Even the operations in India have come to a standstill and restarting the same make take time. In such a situation, it shall be wrong on my part to force you all to sit ideal (sic) waiting for the work to restart when the future for you is all bright. I will face my destiny and I know that I have done nothing wrong and ultimately, truth shall prevail."
Choksi further aed in his mail, "At this moment, the investigative agencies seem to be interested not in a fair investigation, but in creating a fear psychosis within my employees. The kind of unfair treatment, unfair investigation, media frenzy and political statements are making me highly insecure about the safety of myself and my family members."
Regarding paying salary to employees Choksi further wrote, "It is very tough for me as of now to be clearing your dues or to pay the future salaries in view of seizing of the various bank accounts and other properties by government/investigative agencies. I reiterate that I am committed to clear (sic) your past dues, if any, once things return to normalcy."
“Some 700 employees of two of Nirav Modi’s firms in the SEZ have lost their jobs as the management has locked the units and asked us to search for jobs elsewhere. We are in a big trouble. We have not been given any assurance about the payment of our outstanding salaries,” said Deepak Ingle, an employee.
A week ago, ED officials had conducted raids at Firestar Diamond International Pvt. Ltd and Firestar International Pvt. Ltd and seized a stock worth over Rs900 crore. Both these units were part of Nirav Modi’s empire, the ED officials had said.