The news stories related to the corruption case involving Punjab National Bank and Nirav Modi have been circulating on the internet for the last couple of days. With each passing day, we are witnessing more details on the billionaire jeweller who duped the country of thousands of crores of rupees, and the possibilities of involvement of various government officers in the entire course of the events.
And now there are different types of stories that are keeping the Indian audience busy. Recently, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted an anecdote about how former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri took a car loan of Rs 5000 from the same Punjab National Bank and later died even before paying the debt.
It is known that the former prime minister never owned a car during his reign. It was when his family members insisted him to buy one, Shastri sent his secretary to inquire the cost of a Fiat car, which was then found to be Rs 12,000.
At that time Shastri only had Rs 7000 in his bank account and therefore applied for a loan of Rs 5000, which was sanctioned in less than two hours to him. Surprised by the quick course of action from the bank, Shastri asked the bank officer to be quick in meeting the requirements of customers as well.
Sadly, Shastri passed away much before he could pay back the entire loan. The bank then asked his wife, Lalita Shastri to pay back the loan which she then repaid from the family pension. Shastri’s car, the 1964 model Fiat bearing number DLE 6, is now displayed in Delhi’s Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial at 1, Motilal Nehru Marg.
Here is the tweet by Tharoor.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) February 20, 2018