Rahul Gandhi Owned Kingfisher Airline By Proxy, Claims BJP

Met finance minister before leaving the country Vijay Mallya

Met finance minister before leaving the country Vijay Mallya

In the wake of the controversy surrounding liquor baron Vijay Mallya claiming to have met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley before fleeing to London, the Congress on Thursday accused Jaitley of striking a deal with Mallya and asked him to resign.

Jaitley said that he has not met the 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airline boss since 2014 but added that Mallya had "misused" his privilege of being a Member of the Rajya Sabha on one occasion.

In 2016, Arun Jaitley had said that there is a legal process to stop somebody from going overseas.

FM meets Vijay Mallya before he flees India. 'So, the question of his having met me does not arise, ' he clarified.

"I left India because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

He claimed that Rahul Gandhi was on the backfoot in the case of Kingfisher Airlines and its promoter Vijay Mallya as well as the entire Gandhi family travelled on the airline and their travel was upgraded to business class for free. "I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court in India and hope the honourable judges will consider it favourably. That is the truth", he told reporters outside a Westminster court where he is contesting an extradition case filed by Indian authorities.

"The evidence is capable of sustaining an inference of dishonesty", said CPS barrister Mark Summers, adding that the government of India has proved that Mallya has a "case to answer" before the Indian courts. "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".

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?

It argues Mallya, who moved to Britain in March 2016, had no intention of repaying money it borrowed from IDBI in 2009 and the loans had been taken out under false pretences, on the basis of misleading securities and with the money spent differently to how the bank had been told.

"Either your passport is impounded or there is an order of a court".

For sake of clarity, this is what Mallya said. Also, if he felt a declared defaulter of bank loans to the tune of thousands of crores was trying to use his privilege as a Rajya Sabha MP to influence a cabinet minister, he ought to have informed the House about it or shared the information with the media.

"Vijay Mallya left India with the country's money after a farewell from Arun Jaitley".

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