Rahul Gandhi demands Arun Jaitley’s resignation over Vijay Mallya allegations

13 September, 2018, 14:35 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Met finance minister before leaving the country Vijay Mallya

As fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said he had met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before leaving the country, the Congress took a dig at him dubbing him as "fiscal mismanagement blog minister".

After Congress latched onto Vijay Mallya "meeting" Arun Jaitley, the BJP hit back by accusing Rahul Gandhi of "using black money". "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise".

Jaitley has vehemently denied the charge, saying he never gave Mallya any appointment.

Mallya, who talked to the media outside a London court where he is facing extradition proceedings, said: "I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

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Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha sumemd up the mood of the nation, when he tweeted, "Not only the finance minister, the entire BJP must come clean on its relations with Vijay Mallya".

On being asked if he has convinced the Court that he has the means to pay what he said he will, Mallya told media here, "Obviously, that is why a settlement offer has been made". Today Mallya spoke to reporters outside London's Westminster Magistrates' Court, where his extradition case is being heard. "My conscience is clear and (I) put nearly Rs15,000 crore worth of assets on the table of the Karnataka High Court", he said. FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. Mallya, in a statement, leaves a hint that he would want to move to United Kingdom "to be closer to his family" and is still in dialogues with banks for a One Time Settlement.

Jaitley said having been fully briefed about his earlier "bluff offers", without allowing him to proceed with the conversation, "I curtly told him "there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers".

"Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court". It also seeks to prove there are no "bars to extradition" and that the tycoon is assured a fair trial in India over his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines' alleged default of over Rs 9,000 crores in loans from a consortium of Indian banks. However, he left to United Kingdom without paying bank debts and Government of India's plans of extradition didn't work out yet. That was the last time Nirav, who is wanted in the Rs 13,000-crore Punjab National Bank loan fraud, was seen in public. Had the government moved the court pushing for Mallya's detention, or directed the investigators including CBI to detain him citing the seriousness of the case, or at least if the CBI hadn't changed the nature of look out notice a few months before the escape, Mallya would not have left the country.

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