Replying To Allegations Of Impropriety, Piyush Goyal Says He Was Law Topper
Though it has been difficult to ascertain whether there is any connection between academic excellence and impropriety.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal today responded to serious charges of corruption today- by saying that he topped his law exams. It is significant that his response does not include a single word of denial with respect to the allegations against him.
In a bizarre series of tweets, Goyal first said that he was a Chartered Accountant. According to The Wire, in an undisclosed business deal that took place after he joined the Narendra Modi government as minister, Goyal sold the entire stock of a privately held company he and his wife owned, at nearly 1000 times the face value, to a group firm owned by Ajay Piramal – a billionaire with substantial interests in the infrastructure sector, including power.
It is unclear whether the reference to chartered accountancy was because he had allegedly failed to disclose the deal or because he allegedly sold his shares at what appear to be extraordinary profits.
Goyal then tweeted that he was a ‘law topper’ and “CA 2nd rank all over India”.
NewsCentral24x7 has not been able to ascertain whether there is any connection between academic excellence and impropriety.
It can, however, be said that tomorrow if the charges end up in court, Goyal’s law degree will certainly come handy.
Goyal also tried to deflect blame and spoke about Rahul Gandhi being ‘Naamdaar’ (dynast) instead, which is also strange because he is the son of late Shri Ved Prakash Goyal who had served as a Union Minister for shipping in the Vajpayee Government and his mother Chandrakanta was a three-time MLA from Bombay.
Again, it bears repetition that despite all the academic excellence cited by Goyal, neither of the tweets said: “No I did not do what they are accusing me of doing”.