Congress slams Jaitley after Mallya says he met him

Lloyd Doyle
September 13, 2018

Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks), Mallya said, without naming the minister. "I did not have any formal meetings scheduled with him", Mallya said outside London Westminster Magistrate's Court.

Jaitley, who was the finance minister in 2016 when Mallya left India, denied the liquor baron's claim. "I met him often enough in Parliament, in the House and in central hall", Mallya said. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment and the question of his having met me does not arise", he said.

"My attention has been drawn to a statement made to the media by Vijay Mallya on having met me with an offer of settlement. Arun Jaitley should step down as FInance Minister while this probe is underway", Gandhi said in a tweet.

He said Mallya, while walking alongside, "uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement". So, obviously the comments are referring his meeting with Arun Jaitley.

Mallya's statement has dealt a massive blow to the BJP-led NDA government that is now battling multiple challenges, including the depreciation of the rupee and rising fuel prices.

Arun Jaitley's rebuttal comes hours after Mallya's claim that he had met the minister before leaving the country in 2016 triggered a political firestorm.

Not only Finance Minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya, BJP rebel Yashwant Sinha said.

Vijay Mallya stands outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain, September 12, 2018.

Later, Mallya clarified his statement and said that he never met Arun Jaitley formally.

Rahul Gandhi during his United Kingdom visit alleged that Modi government is not serious on Vijay Mallya's extradition and also alleged that the fraudulent Businessman met senior BJP leaders and that he did not want to name them.

Vijay Mallya will appear before a London court on Wednesday for a hearing in his extradition case, during which the judge is expected to review a video of the Mumbai jail cell prepared by the Indian authorities for the embattled liquor tycoon.

Reacting on the issue, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tweeted, "I learn from my sources that the Lookout Notice issued by CBI for Mallya was modified from "Block Departure" to "Report Departure" on October 24, 2015 on orders from someone in MoF. Who?" Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal retweeted his old tweet on Wednesday evening.

"The government should now explain how and why he was allowed to leave and what transpired at those meetings".

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the government was "fully complicit" in the flight of Mr Mallya and Punjab National Bank fraud accused Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi from India. "People want to know", Kejriwal said on Twitter.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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