Mallya claims he met Jaitley before leaving India; he denies

13 September, 2018, 08:02 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Embarrassed over Mallya Jaitley meet talk BJP uses Mallya's letters to target Congress

A defiant Vijay Mallya, who is facing money laundering charges in multi-crore fraud case in India, on Wednesday claimed that he met the finance minister before leaving the country. I met the Finance Minister before I left and repeated my offer to settle with the banks. "That is the truth", he responded, without naming the minister.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April a year ago and is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.

Demanding Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's removal from the cabinet, the Congress president tweeted, "Given Vijay Mallya's extremely serious allegations in London today, the PM should immediately order an independent probe into the matter".

"The statement is factually false in as much as it does not reflect truth", he asserted.

In a Facebook blog, the minister described his only interaction with him as a "one sentence exchange" when the liquor baron misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha member in parliament complex.

"I had never given him an appointment, never at my office and never at my residence".

Vijay Mallya has claimed he met Arun Jaitley before he left for London. "I did not even accept the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley told reporters. "Both political parties don't like me", he said, while having a cigarette during the lunch break during the hearing for his ongoing extradition case at Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

"Full and complete and accurate information was provided and I can demonstrate that", Montgomery said, saying suggestions that there was a "secret package of knowledge" about Kingfisher's financial position which was not provided to IDBI were "utterly unfounded".

"I did not have any formal meetings scheduled with him". Mallya also said he was not "tipped off" by anyone to flee the country.

On being asked why the government and the banks are still on his case despite his settlement offer, Mallya put the ball in the banks' court.

PTI quoted Mallya as saying in London, referring to his earlier statement that he had "met" Jaitley: "I am afraid this is a controversy created by my friends in media".

The Congress was not convinced by Jaitley's response. "PM Modi meets Nirav Modi before he flees the country". What transpired in these meetings? "People want to know (sic)", Kejriwal said.

"Vijay Mallya left India with the country's money after a farewell from Arun Jaitley". He said he met the finance minister at several occasions when he was a member of the Rajya Sabha, but never met him formally. I think a more categorical and detailed response must be given. "It might interest you to know, banks have filed objections in the court on my settlement application". FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. He further asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an independent probe into the matter.

Attacking the BJP, another Congress leader PL Punia said that he saw Jaitley and Mallya having a discussion in the Central Hall of Parliament.

He added, "It's a fact that all of us had known earlier". The Congress also had its own unique way of hitting out at the government on Twitter.



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