Vijay Mallya sensational comments: Met Arun Jaitley before leaving India

13 September, 2018, 14:36 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Met finance minister before leaving the country Vijay Mallya

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya said on Wednesday that he met the finance minister before leaving India, a claim denied by Arun Jaitley as "factually false".

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss' defence team, led by Clare Montgomery, opened the day by branding the government of India's evidence presented in the case as "utterly unfounded". "On March 1, 2016, when I was in Central Hall of Parliament House, I witnessed Arun Jaitley and Vijay Mallya talking discretely".

The ruling on whether Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges will be given on December 10, a London judge said on Wednesday, after she heard closing submissions in the case. I happened to meet Jaitley in Parliament and told him that I was leaving for London.

Congress lawmaker P L Punia, who also addressed the press conference, said: "I have clearly stated about this (Vijay Mallya meeting Arun Jaitley) in each of my interview with media".

Rahul Gandhi called Mallya's claim "extremely serious allegations".

"He paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement". At one point, she told the court that Rakesh Asthana, CBI special director, went to heads of banks with reprisals to file cases against Mallya.

Rahul said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi decides everything in the government and asked if it was Jaitley who had agreed to let fugitive Mallya run away from the country or if the order had come from the prime minister.

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"My attention has been drawn to a statement made to the media by Vijay Mallya on having met me with an offer of settlement".

Terming Mallya's offer to settle overdue loans of more than Rs 9,000 crore to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines as "bluff offers", Jaitley said he did not even take the papers the liquor baron was carrying during that brief encounter.

And more importantly, why did the CBI tweak the look-out notice from detention to just inform around the same period effectively letting Mallya escape easily a week before banks moved the Supreme Court and the issue hogged national headlines? Repeated my offer to settle with the banks.

It is known news that Vijay Mallya, is wanted on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crore.

Since his arrest in April previous year, Vijay Mallya, has been on bail on an extradition warrant. Mallya also said he was not "tipped off" by anyone to flee the country.

Mallya is wanted in India for defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, has been in the United Kingdom since March 2016.

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