Jaitley denies Mallya met him before leaving India

Jaitley denies Mallya met him before leaving India

Jaitley denies Mallya met him before leaving India

March 2, 2016: On the very same day, Mallya leaves for London, heading for the destination he claims to have informed the finance minister of. However, Jaitley rejected the claim, saying Mallya was "factually false". He told, "I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva". Jaitley immediately rebutted Mallya's claim and maintained that he had not given the businessman an appointment since 2014, but that the latter used his privilege as a Member of Parliament (MP) and accosted him in Parliament. Later, Vijay Mallya too backtracked, confirming the minister's version of events.

Union Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said the UPA government had violated all norms for Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines since 2010. "I feel like a scapegoat", Mallya said.

Recalling an instance Jaitley said: "I do remember on one occasion, he misused his privileges of Member of Rajya Sabha and while I was walking from the Rajya Sabha to my room and (he) suggested that he was going to make some offer of settlement".

"There is a reason why Rahul Gandhi has formed a mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with Vijay Mallya and relies on such fugitives' statements - ever since the Narendra Modi government brought in the Fugitive Economic Offender's Law - bhagodas (absconders) and potential bhagodas are feeling anxious", Poonawalla alleged. Before leaving I met the finance minister and offered to settle (the issue with the banks), Mallya said, without naming the minister. She said a brief conversation that Mallya had with Jaitley in a corridor of Parliament is being "played up" and asserted that responses to the issue have "reinforced" the fact it was not a conversation of any merit. "The banks had filed objections to my settlement letters", Mallya said outside the Westminster Magistrates' Court where he had come for a hearing in his extradition case. I did not even bother to get details from him. He has been engaged in a legal battle over his extradition to India on charges of banking fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore.

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The bench of Emma Arbuthnot is likely to take a final call on handing over Mallya to Indian authorities after reviewing the video on Barrack 12 of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.

Mallya has been on bail on an extradition warrant since his arrest in April previous year, responded to the swarm of reporters gathered outside the court in his characteristic manner, saying the "courts will decide".

"There are documents that show how the Reserve Bank of India and the United Progressive Alliance under Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh had given "sweet deals" to Kingfisher Airlines", Patra said, referring to the airline that was owned by the liquor baron.

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