Mallya claims he met FM before leaving India, Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

Mallya claims he met FM before leaving India, Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

Mallya claims he met FM before leaving India, Arun Jaitley rubbishes charge

The political battle between the BJP and opposition sparked minutes after fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Wednesday claimed that he met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with settlement offer before leaving the country.

Jaitley said Mallya accosted him in Parliament, and made "an offer of settlement".

The 62-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss told reporters in London that he met the minister and offered to settle with the banks. "Finance Minister Jaitley must resign and this should be investigated", he said.

The "hatred" between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy is no secret. "Since 2014, I have never given him any appointment to meet me and the question of his having met me does not arise".

Jaitley, in his long post, said that since 'he (Vijay Mallya) was a Rajya Sabha member and he occasionally attended the House, he misused that privilege on one occasion while I was walking walking out the house to go my room'.

Senior Congress leader P.L. Punia said that, on March 1, 2016, when he was in the Central Hall of Parliament, he had seen Jaitley and Mallya talking "discreetly". "The allegations are media created allegations, unfortunately". The Congress party held a media briefing soon after, with spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claiming the government was fully complicit in the flight of people such as Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Mehul Choksi from the country. "Everybody gets paid off and I guess that's the primary objective", he said. There is nothing that I can do about it. I feel like a scapegoat. Rather, he will be lodged with other inmates in Barrack number 12 of the Arthur Road Jail.

After the hearing in the Westminster Magistrates' Court, reporters asked Mallya for details of his meeting with Jaitley.

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.

Adding another twist to the Vijay Mallya saga, a UK court today set December 10 as the date for the verdict on Vijay Mallyas's extradition from United Kingdom.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), arguing on behalf of the Indian government, countered this with arguments that Mallya had intended "from the outset" never to repay the loans he sought for his struggling airline and misrepresented its profitability.

Dressed in a suit and wearing his shades, Mallya appeared relaxed even as the judge is expected to review a video of the Mumbai jail cell prepared by the Indian authorities for the embattled liquor tycoon.

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