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

Hannah Rogers
September 13, 2018

On being asked whether he met any other BJP leader before leaving for London, he said, "Over a period of time, I have met many colleagues in Parliament and expressed to them my desire to settle with the banks".

Congress lawmaker P L Punia, who also addressed the press conference, said: "I have clearly stated about this (Vijay Mallya meeting Arun Jaitley) in each of my interview with media".

Fugitive businessman and former liquor baron, Vijay Mallya kicked up a storm when he claimed on Wednesday that he had met Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley before fleeing to London. Mallya said he met Jaitley and told him to facilitate a settlement deal with banks and, more importantly, also told the finance minister that he was leaving for London. "That is the truth", he responded, without naming the minister.

On being asked why the government and the banks are still on his case despite his settlement offer, Mallya put the ball in the banks' court.

"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.

It is known news that Vijay Mallya, is wanted on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs. 9,000 crore.

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"I put nearly Rs 15,000 crore offer on the table of the Karnataka High Court". 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. As far as I am concerned, I have made a comprehensive settlement offer before the Karnataka High Court. I feel like a scapegoat.

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.

Jaitley said Mallya "misused" the privilege of being a Rajya Sabha MP to catch him in corridors of Parliament on one occasion while he was walking out of the House to go to his room. "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", said Jaitley.

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.

The sensational claims of Mallya, outside a London court on Wednesday, sparked a fire in Indian political discourse.

Mallya's defence team has presented a series of expert witnesses in an attempt to prove that he had no fraudulent intentions when he took out the loans for erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines.

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