Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Mallya backtracks after saying he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India

Mallya backtracks after saying he met Arun Jaitley before leaving India

Opposition parties Wednesday latched on to Vijay Mallya's statement he had met Arun Jaitley before leaving India and demanded a probe into the fugitive liquor baron's claim, which was rubbished by the finance minister as "factually false".

"On March 3, we heard from the media that he (Mr. Mallya) fled the country on March 2".

Three back-to-back statements and clarifications from absconding liquor king and alleged fraudster Vijay Mallya and Union finance minister Arun Jaitley about their unofficial encounter at some place in Parliament (which both agreed that it happened), raises some serious questions. What transpired in these meetings?

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Mallya told media outside of court that he had met Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to settle matters before he left the country. "I did not have any formal meetings scheduled with him", Mallya said. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks.

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"Since he was a Member of Rajya Sabha and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion, having been fully briefed about his earlier "bluff offers", I curtly told him "there was no point talking to me and he must make offers to his bankers", Jaitley said". Launching the counter-attack, BJP spokesperson said that they have enough evidence to prove that top Congress leaders have relations with Vijay Mallya. However, he left to United Kingdom without paying bank debts and Government of India's plans of extradition didn't work out yet.

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

He said Mallya's claim is a vindication of the Congress's stand that the government always knew about the fleeing defaulters.

Marking the conclusion of the trial, Westminster Magistrates' Court Judge Emma Arbuthnot fixed December 10 as the date on which she expects to deliver her verdict. Indian authorities wouldn't have been in a situation to endlessly wait outside United Kingdom court rooms to get a favourable judgment for Mallya's extradition and even make a presentation to United Kingdom judges about the facilities an conditions of Indian jails.

"In spite of this, the BJP government allowed him to flee with thousands of crores debt". "The notice issued for Vijay Mallya was changed to the inform notice".

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