Top Ahmedabad Industrialist Knew of Demonetization in Advance: Ex-Modi Confidante
A senior Gujarat High Court advocate, Yatin Oza, who was considered in Gujarat as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-time confidante, has claimed, on the basis of “data” he has gathered, that Modi had leaked his decision to demonetize Rs 500 and 1000 notes to a top industrialist of Ahmedabad.
Refusing to give the name the industrialist, Yatin Oza says that in the morning of November 9, someone “very near and dear” to him inform him that on November 8 at around 12 in the afternoon, hours before PM announced demonetization, wife of one of the leading industrialists of Ahmedabad, handled to purchase gold worth Rs 20 crore.
Famous anti-Modi former IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt has shared Yatin Oza’s letter to Modi In his Facebook post. A letter says “Gold was ready and packed and it took two minutes to transfer gold and cash to each other”. In his letter, he has claimed that a lady who saw this exchange of gold and rupees, was “present at the shop and buying pre-ordered jewellery worth Rs 5 lakh”. The lady ‘witness’ is a reputed doctor in city.
He told that as a member of the “kitchen cabinet” of Modi as Gujarat minister, he knows Modi pretty well. He insists that this shows, “information of demonetization must have been conveyed well before announcement to your near and dear industrialist who in total controls 50% of black money of this country.”
Oza challenges Modi to find out the purchase of gold and diamonds sold on November 7 and 8 before 8 pm, the timing of the announcement of demonetization, and by whom, adding, this alone would “enable people to think as to why few top notch needed purchase of huge amount of gold and diamonds.”
Oza is also considered by many as mentor of BJP president Amit Shah. Oza blames Shah’s men in Ahmedabad for carrying out large-scale operation for converting black money into white. Oza claims that he has “a video recording” that would “clearly and beyond reasonable doubt prove that all the near and close associates ofShah since November 8 are engaged into exchange business.”
“There is a big queue outside their office and residence for conversion of black money into white at a discounted rate of 37%; people have queued up outside their office and residence”, says Oza, adding, “One has to go without identity with at least a sum of Rs 1 crore which will be counted by the employees and a bag containing Rs 63 lakh of valid denomination would be handed over.”
After being with BJP for long, Oza joined Congress and in the December 2002 elections, fought against Modi from the Maninagar assembly constituency of Ahmedabad. After remaining inactive for some years, he rejoined the BJP. Now, recently, he declared that he had joined Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party.