Mallya Extradition Case: Congress All Guns Blazing Against Jaitley

Mallya Extradition Case: Congress All Guns Blazing Against Jaitley

Mallya Extradition Case: Congress All Guns Blazing Against Jaitley

The ruling on whether Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya can be extradited from Britain to India to face fraud charges will be given on December 10, a London judge said on Wednesday, after she heard closing submissions in the case. "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.

Back home, the Congress pounced upon Mallya's comment and demanded that the government explain how the embattled industrialist was allowed to leave India and demanded a thorough inquiry. Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India. He told, "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva".

However, the liquor baron's serious allegations have given the Congress enough ammo to target the Finance Minister.

"Today we have a categorical assertion by Mallya about the number of times he met the finance minister to have some resolution of his dues with banks".

Rubbishing his claims, Arun Jaitley in his Facebook blog said, "He (Mallya) paced up to catch up with me and while walking uttered a sentence that "I am making an offer of settlement".

Jaitley said he had never given Mallya any appointment to meet him since 2014 and "the question of his having met me does not arise". The Congress says so, and Rahul Gandhi has decried "a clear-cut case of collusion".

Later, he clarified there was no formal meeting, and his words were blown out of proportion. This is Vijay Mallya's cell where the fugitive businessman is supposed to be lodged. "I did not even receive the papers that he was holding in his hand".

Attacking Rahul Gandhi at a press meet, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra, showing a purported confessional statement of a hawala trader, who alleged that the Congress chief had links with a shell company. "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately". 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. 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.

Mallya, an alleged financial offender, is facing charges of bank fraud and money laundering in India, amounting to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore.

Mallya, 62, is fighting numerous lawsuits in the United Kingdom and back home over fraud and money-laundering allegations as well as an extradition to India.

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