Congress won’t celebrate when details on Panama Papers come out, says Jaitley

, 10:52 PM IST

Kolkata: Retaliating at the Congress Party who questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Panama Papers expose, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on?Sunday said that the ‘Congress will not have many reasons to celebrate’ when the details come out in this case.

Responding to reporters on the impartiality on the probe of the global list of people with secret firms in tax havens, Jaitley said “It is very impartial, and a multi-agency probe is going on. When the details will come out, Congress will not have many reasons to celebrate.”

Asserting that the probe in the Panama Papers is being done in a ‘very impartial way’ Jaitley refuted the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) demand that he should ‘recuse’ himself from the matter.

Responding to a question on the Opposition’s demand that he should recuse himself for having proximity to a person named in the leaked documents, Jaitley said “I have not understood their argument.”

The Congress has demanded that the Panama Papers be handed over to Supreme Court, which is looking into the black money issue, alleging the BJP government’s decision to constitute a multi-agency group was a “shoddy attempt” to brush aside the issue.

The Congress and AAP had sought to link sports promoter Lokesh Sharma, who figures in the Mossack Fonseca papers, with Jaitley.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had earlier questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘silence’ over the name of the son of BJP’s Chattisgarh chief minister figuring in the Panama Papers case. (ANI)