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

13 September, 2018, 18:02 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Vijay Mallya claims he met Finance Minister before leaving India Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

Prasad's remarks come close on the heels of fugitive Vijay Mallya's claims where he said, "I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks... that's the truth", while speaking to reporters outside the London's Westminster Magistrates' Court.

He said the meeting between Jaitley and Mallya lasted for 15-20 minutes. "I met him in Parliament and told him I am going to London", claimed Mallya.

"PM Modi meets Neerav Modi before he flees the country".

Asked if he could settle his dues, Mallya, who headed the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines and the United Breweries, said: "Obviously".

"The entire Gandhi family was in fact helping Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines with the sweet deal", Patra said, while showing a bunch of documents related to the loans given by banks to the airline.

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The Congress president accused Jaitley and the government of lying on the issue.

The liquor baron who founded the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, fled to the United Kingdom allegedly when a group of banks launched efforts to recover around Rs. 9,000 crore from him. "Besides this one sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as an RS member, in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, there is no question of my having ever given him an appointment to meet me", Jaitley concluded.

Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that it is a "clear-cut case of collusion".

The lookout circular depends on the issuing authority and, unless they ask Bureau of Immigration to detain a person or to stop him from boarding a plane, no action is taken.

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss, who appeared before the Westminster magistrates' court in the case regarding his extradition to India to face the trial on fraud and money laundering charges, was asked by reporters if he was "tipped off" to leave the country. "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand".

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Vijay Mallya, 62, who is fighting India's request to the United Kingdom to send him back, is wanted in India for defaulting on loans worth crores and money.

The verdict in the extradition case will be announced on December 10.

The extradition trial, which opened at the London court on 4 December a year ago, is aimed at laying out a prima facie case of fraud against Mallya.

Mallya first spoke about meeting Jaitley during the lunch break when he stepped out for a smoke.

"In spite of this, the BJP government allowed him to flee with thousands of crores debt". PL Punia, a Congress leader, said the two spoke "discreetly", and that CCTV footage could provide proof.

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In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that there is a legal process to stop somebody from going overseas. "Chowkidaar nahin, Bhagidaar hai (Not a watchman, but a partner)", he tweeted in Hindi.

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