Met Arun Jaitley Before Leaving, to Settle 'Issues': Vijay Mallya

Congress president Rahul Gandhi

Congress and other opposition parties latched onto Mallya's statement to question the government about the circumstances in which the defaulter businessman fled the country. The Congress also said on its official Twitter handle that Mallya met Jaitley "several times" before escaping the country to discuss a settlement plan.

Vijay Mallya has claimed he met Arun Jaitley before he left for London.

The Minister said besides this one-sentence exchange where he misused his privilege as a Rajya Sabha Member in order to further his commercial interest as a bank debtor, he never gave Mallya any appointment to meet him.

"Before leaving, I met the finance minister and offered to settle the issue with the banks", said the 62-year-old, who is facing money laundering charges in an alleged multi-crore fraud.

Mallya had told reporters outside a court in London, where he is fighting extradition to India, that he had met Jaitley to settle matters.

Finance minister says Mallya as Rajya Sabha MP "misused" privilege to make "an offer of settlement" inside House.

Mallya did not name the minister.

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.


Arun Jaitley was the Finance Minister in 2016 when Mallya left India.

Former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, a former union finance minister who has been critical of Jaitley and his handling of the ministry, said the entire BJP leadership, not just the finance minister, must come clean on its ties with Mallya.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi should immediately order an independent probe into Mallya's "extremely serious allegations" and Jaitley should step down while the investigation is underway. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal too demanded the Finance minister to respond and he said "Obviously, PM Knew about it".

"I did not have any formal meetings scheduled with him". The London court was hearing the closing arguments in the extradition case against Mallya on Wednesday, as well as review the video of jail cell prepared for him by the Indian authorities. "There was no need to run and the allegations are media created allegations", he said. Repeated my offer to settle with the banks. What transpired in these meetings? "People want to know", Mr Kejriwal said on Twitter.

"I did not even receive the papers he was holding in his hand", Jaitley said.

"It's a fact that all of us had known earlier. Whatever denials the government may issue, it confirms that all those who looted public money by taking loans from banks and absconded, not one of them happened to leave the country without knowledge of the government", ANI quoted Yechury as saying.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has yet to comment on the Mallya-Jaitley controversy.

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